PR king Clifford given 8-year jail term for sex assaults

LONDON - Max Clifford, formerly Britain's top public relations guru, was sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday for a string of sex assaults against young women.

The 71-year-old king of tabloid kiss-and-tell stories thought he was "untouchable", judge Anthony Leonard said.

The publicist, who brokered countless celebrity stories, was found guilty of eight indecent assaults on four women including teenagers between 1977 and 1984.

Clifford struck a defiant tone as he entered London's Southwark Crown Court, stonewalling questions about whether he wanted to apologise to his victims.

"I stand by everything I've said in the past," he said.

Clifford said it was "not the best day of my life", adding: "I just have to make the best of it, that's what I've got to do."

The judge said Clifford must serve at least half his sentence in jail.

"These offences may have taken place a long time ago, when inappropriate and trivial sexual behaviour was more likely to be tolerated, but your offending was not trivial, but of a very serious nature," he said.

"The reason why they were not brought to light sooner was because of your own dominant character and your position in the world of entertainment which meant that your victims thought that you were untouchable - something that I think you too believed."