Thursday, 18 February 2010

Clifford speaks!

For the first time since he was stung by Starsuckers on undercover camera, Max Clifford has discussed the affair with in Judith Townends piece on the News of the World vs Starsuckers affair (complicated isn't it?). Clifford is quoted as saying:

"They [Starsuckers] have said to several people I've tried to injunct them. I haven't. [I] never tried to; it's not my nature. I just wanted to make sure that I knew exactly what they were claiming, that's all...All I asked Carter-Ruck to do was to clarify exactly [because of] the letter they [the film producers] sent over."

This is of course slightly at odds with the language used by Carter Ruck, when they wrote to us last October. Their letter to us of the 23rd October by Partner Magnus Boyd states:

“The purpose of this letter is to invite your written confirmation by no later than 11am on 23 October that Mr Cowell’s name and the sums he has paid to Mr Clifford will be beeped in such a way as to ensure that your viewers cannot deduce this information from the film…. Please may we hear from you by 11am confirmation sought failing which we shall advise our client to apply to the court for relief including but not limited to an injunction.”

We proceeded to screen the film to 250 journalists in leicester square without beeping out this information, so if this isn't a threat to injunct the film, I'm not really sure what is.

This is hardly shocking behaviour from Clifford - being someone who gets paid huge sums of money to lie to protect his clients reputation, it's not unsurprising to assume that he would lie to protect his own.

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