Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Simon Cowell Finally Fires Publicist, After Max Clifford Is Convicted of ‘Indecent Assaults’


Simon Cowell finally decided that Max Clifford didn’t have the X factor. Cowell today fired long time publicist Max Clifford. The 71 year old Brit was found guilty yesterday on eight counts of indecent assault on four girls. One of them was 15. He was exonerated of two other counts. Jurors couldn’t  reach a verdict on one additional count.

The Clifford scandal has gone on for quite a while in the UK. But Cowell decided to wait until now to break ties with him formally. Clifford had represented Cowell in England for over a decade.

Clifford is a celebrity himself in the UK, and maybe the most successful entertainment publicist ever. But now the Guardian newspaper is reporting that most of his celebrity clients are cutting ties.  Clifford’s website has been removed. Sentencing is on Friday.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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