Read All About It – Max And The Giggling Jury
Clifford’s lawyers had argued the size of his manhood was vital to the case but at one point the jury struggled to stay composed.
Even the defendant himself said he had heard more about his penis over the course of the trial than he had in the last 70 years.
At one point the jury could not contain their laughter as a former model described what she said happened to her inside Max Clifford’s office – the office branded his “sexual fiefdom” by the prosecution.
The men and women on the jury were sent out of court to compose themselves and, as they filed back in, the judge reminded them of where they were and what they were dealing with.
Max Clifford’s frank admissions about extra marital affairs, sex in his office, lewd practical jokes and wild 1970s sex parties were the context put forward by the prosecution.
He could hardly deny them – they had featured heavily in the 2005 book that he co-wrote: Max Clifford – Read All About It.
Many people have since read all about the various descriptions of Max’s ‘size’ – but it wasn’t just the press and the public dwelling on his manhood but Max Clifford’s own defence team.
Richard Horwell QC decided the size of his client’s penis was a key argument to be had in court – the women making allegations had given varying descriptions, most of them saying it was “small”.
So the defence asked Max Clifford’s GP, the aptly named Dr Coxon, to take a careful measurement. “Average” was her conclusion, based apparently on NHS data.
Mr Clifford, the defence told us, had even done his own research comparing himself with other men in various changing rooms.
His sexual antics at work in the 70s and 80s were described in court as “slap and tickle” – the kind of “office banter” that now seems just as outdated in the workplace as smoking, typewriters and tea trollies.
The specific allegations though were far more serious and put bluntly, involved sex acts on teenage girls.
While many people shared a joke over the last month about Max Clifford, none of the women in this case was laughing.