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Girl thought Max Clifford 'would kill her'

Press AssociationPress Association 28/06/2016 Rachael Burnett

A teenage girl thought former UK celebrity publicist Max Clifford was "going to kill her" when he forced her to perform a sex act on him, a court has been told.

The 73-year-old allegedly locked the 17-year-old in his London office and forced her to engage in a sexual act with him.

Clifford said "it's only a bit of fun" after exposing himself and waving his genitalia in her face, a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London was told.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had "no experience" and was "scared" of Clifford.

"He unzipped his trousers and came towards me," she said.

"He said 'let's have some fun' or something along those lines, 'let's have a bit of fun'.

"He was right next to me ... he was completely blocking the way (out).

"I said 'I don't want to'. He took my hand and put it on him."

She wept as she continued: "He started moving my hand because his hand was on top of mine and he started moving it around."

She added: "It felt like it was going on for ages ... I said several times 'I really don't want to do this and really don't want to miss my train'.

"I actually thought he was going to kill me. I had no experience and really didn't know what was going to happen next."

She said he also made "smutty" jokes about her with late comedian and television host Lennie Bennett.

"They were like schoolboys," she told the jury.

"It was quite smutty ... he would say things like 'we will get you to take your top off by the end of the day'.

"It was probably banter for them but it wasn't for me."

Clifford is accused of assaulting the girl at his Mayfair offices in New Bond Street between October 1981 and May 1982, which he denies.

The alleged encounter ended when a delivery person knocked on the door, the jury was told.

The woman said she did not tell anyone about what had happened because she was "ashamed".

Clifford was charged under Operation Yewtree, the Met Police investigation set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

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