PR guru Max Clifford said yesterday he would try to continue to lead a normal life after being arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, describing the allegations as "totally untrue".
The publicist was questioned on Thursday on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into allegations of sex abuse surrounding Savile and others.
Speaking to reporters outside his Surrey home, Mr Clifford said: "I'll be working as I normally do – so trying to make things as normal as I possibly can under the circumstances. All I can say is that they are totally without any foundation and they are totally untrue." Mr Clifford said he had "nothing to hide".
Asked about the statement he made outside Belgravia police station in central London after being released on bail at around 9.20pm last night, he said: "I'd been there about 12 hours sitting in the cells and being asked questions for hours and hours and hours. I wasn't exactly a bundle of joy, you know. I still came out and faced the cameras and spoke to everyone as I've got nothing to hide."
Mr Clifford is the fifth suspect to be arrested – and the sixth person to be questioned – in connection with the Yewtree operation, which has already cost around £2 million and involves a team of 30 officers. Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and DJ Dave Lee Travis have also been arrested and bailed as part of the investigation.