Max Clifford boasts he’s a ‘sex ringmaster’ in unearthed audio recording

Tapes of Max Clifford describing how he groomed and exploited young women will be heard for the first time in a new documentary.

More than 100 hours of audio cassettes compiled by the predatory showbiz agent’s biographer Angela Levin have been scoured.

Viewers will hear him boast how he persuaded girls to have sex or spend time with his friends at sex parties.

On one tape, he says: “It was my party, my circus, so I was the ringmaster. We were all in this toy shop and we could play with every toy. I controlled it.”

He also recalls how he would phone girls posing as another businessman in the entertainment industry and manipulate them into performing sex acts in his London office.

Max Clifford
Max Clifford died in 2014 in prison

Clifford says: “Terry Denton I invented 30 years ago. He is a film financier, a record tycoon or whatever.

“He is somebody who is put in touch with the ambitious women.

“What they don’t realise is, it is me putting on a voice. I mean, the things that Terry suggested… ‘I know he gets off on phoning people whilst someone goes in the office and gives him a b******. If you were to do that I am sure that would show a bit of imagination’.

“So that is what they do,” Clifford continues, laughing. “Terry has been a very good mate to me for over 30 years.”

Listening back, writer Levin realises the scale of what she was told before she wrote the biography in 2006.

Angela Levin
Angela Levin is Clifford’s biographer

She says: “That is terrible, oh my God. I never queried him about it because I thought it was so stupid and superficial.

“Now, I feel it was perhaps opening a very dark door in his soul that led to a terrible underground cave where all the evil goes.”

Clifford was jailed in 2014 for eight indecent assaults on females as young as 15.

He died in prison in 2017 aged 74 of natural causes.

Max Clifford
Clifford says in the tapes that he created a character in his pursuit of young women

The documentary lays bare how he became a master manipulator of senior Fleet Street figures.

Some of Clifford’s survivors also tell their stories.

One says: “I think it was power and control and the sex was the cherry on the top.”

*Max Clifford: The Fall of a Tabloid King is on Channel 4 on Monday at 9pm.

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