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Celebrity Publicist Clifford Charged in Sex-Assault Probe

Max Clifford, a celebrity publicist who has represented O.J. Simpson, David Beckham and Simon Cowell, was charged by U.K. prosecutors with committing 11 “indecent assaults” from 1966 to 1985.

The charges, which involve women and girls as young as 14, stem from a police probe into historical claims of pedophilia and sexual assault in the entertainment industry, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement today. Clifford is scheduled to appear in a London criminal court on May 28.

“There is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr. Clifford to be charged,” Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for CPS, said in the statement.

Clifford was arrested in December by officers probing the abuse of hundreds of children over almost 50 years by people including the late British Broadcasting Corp. television star Jimmy Savile, whose alleged actions triggered a scandal at the world’s biggest broadcaster.

Clifford’s lawyer, Charlotte Harris of Mishcon de Reya in London, didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

The probe was opened in October after broadcaster ITV Plc (ITV) aired a story about Savile almost a year after his death at the age of 84. Savile and the other suspects were involved in sexual abuse on an “unprecedented scale,” police said.

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