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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 began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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