By Amit Roy
MAX CLIFFORD, purveyor of “kiss and tell” to tabloids, who was given an eight-year-prison sentence in 2014 for historic sex offences, died last Sunday (10), aged 74.
He once told me of the three Asian women in his life – Pamella Bordes, Faria Alam and Shilpa Shetty – though there was never any question of him sexually abusing any of them.
I had quite a cordial relationship with Clifford. Like most journalists, I had no idea he used his status to abuse girls as young as 16.
He claimed that back in 1989 he got tabloids to chase Bordes, the erstwhile Pamela Singh, a former “Miss India”, to divert attention from someone who was his real client.
In 2004, he represented Faria Alam, the Bangladeshi secretary at the Football Association, who had a brief fling with Sven-Goran Eriksson, then England’s football manager.
Shilpa took him on as her PR agent in 2007 when she won Celebrity Big Brother after suffering racist abuse, but they parted company, possibly because she was unwilling to pay his 25 per cent commission.
The days of kiss and tell are not over yet, judging by the money being directed at Meghan Markel’s first husband, film producer Trevor Engelson.