In a 2004 interview with Australian TV presenter Andrew Denton, Max Clifford admitted having information about “prominent people that are part of paedophile rings”.
ANDREW DENTON: After doing this for 15 years, this particular area of your work, does anything shock you anymore?
MAX CLIFFORD: Yeah. I mean, probably not the same as it would most people. And there’s still an awful lot of things that I can’t expose because there’s a lot of very powerful people that are doing an awful lot of things, and they’re very clever and they do have vast amounts of money, lawyers, etc. Prominent people that are part of paedophile rings, but you can’t get close to them, and they have the money to pay off parents when they find out that they’ve been abusing their children. So, there’s lots of areas where I wish, if you like, I had greater powers.
ANDREW DENTON: ‘Cause I read an interview with you in the ‘Sunday Times’ a few years back where you referred to exactly this – you said, “I know of a rich man from a top family who buggered a small boy and I was going to reveal the story, but I discovered that the rich man’s family had paid off the victim’s family with a cheque more than they would earn in their lifetime, and I accepted that and I respect that.” Was that an ethical thing to do?
MAX CLIFFORD: Well, I mean, first of all, I can’t break the story unless they’re prepared to cooperate. It’s no good me going to an editor of a newspaper and say this has happened and the family say it’s not true – they won’t run the story. So I don’t have a choice. I totally understood that. It’s all very well for me to say, “This is what you should do to protect other children, etc, etc,” although I do think that experience basically stopped his activities. But, you know, that’s their choice. I can’t say to them… How am I to say? “It’s alright for me – I’m extremely wealthy. Turn down a vast amount of money which will establish you and look after you and your family for the rest of your lives because I think you should stand up.” It’s their decision.
ANDREW DENTON: Could you not have gone to the police?
MAX CLIFFORD: And done what? They couldn’t have proved it, because the family and the boy say it’s not true, Andrew. It’s not that simple. Believe me, there’s lots of stories I’d love to break, and I know them to be true, but you’ve got to prove things.
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