Max Clifford was arrested this morning at 7:40am in relation to the Jimmy Saville investigation, named Operation Yewtree, reports the Independent. Clifford has been at the centre of celebrity media controversy for years, it is in fact, what brought him fame in the first place. He has been vocal about the manipulation of the media to the advantage of his clients and their publicity.
He has already claimed to be at the centre of the Jimmy Savile saga, saying that many celebs had come to him to "keep him in the picture." At the time he said, "It is a situation which could easily turn into a witch hunt, a lot of big stars are frightened.. Where is it going to end?" And in response to whether he was "compromising himself" by working alongside people that may have been involved in sex with underage people, he said: "It's very simple - I am very close friends with a lot of these people and have been for 40 to 50 years. They know I'm in the middle of the media world, so I'm the first person that they turn to, not just on this subject but lots of subjects."
While many people remain surprised by the amount of high public figures that have been named and shamed in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, it seems to have opened the floodgates for justice, reflected in the mass outpouring of confessions from victims of sexual assault spanning 50 years or more, who finally recognise that being the actions of those men against their will was wrong. With protests against slut shaming as well as the outrage against the shooting of Malala Yousufzai after she spoke in favour of education for women, it appears that women's rights, bodily, sexually and intellectually, are further on the way to being given the appropriate recognition and respect that they deserve.
Max Clifford's arrest, though a part of Operation Yewtree, is not directly linked to Savile. The other four arrests in the investigation were Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Wilfred De'Ath and Dave Lee Travis.