Max’s ex takes tawdry trip down memory lane
Jo Westwood says her husband’s explicit photos of women made her uncomfortable and him smug
He kept the letter next to his bed like a trophy
MAX CLIFFORD kept a bin bag of sexual photographs of women at his £3.5 million (R62m) home, his ex-wife has revealed.
The millionaire celebrity publicist, who once represented honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani, and was jailed for eight years for sexually abusing teenage girls, kept sickening mementos from women he encountered during his 50-year career.
Speaking for the first time, Jo Westwood, 51, who divorced the 71-year-old sexual predator 18 days after he was jailed, said Clifford boasted about his private stash of photos.
“I felt very uncomfortable about it. It was a bag full of photographs of women.
“I made it clear to him that I didn’t like them being in the house and he put them somewhere, I don’t know where.
“Some of them had faces but a lot of them didn’t and they were sexual.
“When I said to him: ‘How did you get all these?’ he would say: ‘I just used to be able to get women to do whatever I wanted.’ ”
Westwood, who worked as his personal assistant before they married four years ago, told investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas of her shock on discovering a letter from one of Clifford’s victims, which would later trigger his downfall.
The woman, now using the pseudonym Cathy Johnson, wrote anonymously in 2011 asking him if he was proud of being a child abuser after she endured four months of sexual abuse at Clifford’s hands when she was 15, which ended only after the traumatised youngster threatened to commit suicide.
She wrote: “I wondered if you remembered, as I do, the child sexual abuse you engaged in? You took pleasure in degrading me, abusing me and returning me to my home with a story so my parents didn’t become suspicious, so they would be fooled their daughter was in safe hands and not those of a paedophile.
“You made my life a living hell. I had no one to turn to. You were very clever – an A+ in grooming children. How proud you must be.”
On seeing the letter, Westwood urged Clifford to go to the police.
Instead he kept the letter next to his bed like a trophy.
She said: “He came home from work one day and said that he’d received this letter. He showed me the letter and I was horrified. I said: ‘Well, I think you should go to the police,’ and he said: ‘No I’m not going to the police.’
“I said: ‘What are you going to do?’ and he said: ‘Tear it up and put it in the bin where it belongs.’
“I thought that’s what he’d done with it. Then a little while later when I was going through the drawers, I found the letter and I felt so uncomfortable about it I took a copy, because at that time I was going to leave him, and this was just more evidence of some of the things I was having to put up with.
“I feel desperately sorry for this person.”
After Clifford’s case passed through Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, Westwood refused to attend his trial at Southwark Crown Court in May.
She said: “I was in a terrible state. I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping. It was a horrid time.
“My mind was all over. One day I would think he’s going to walk away, he’s going to get off, another time I was thinking the evidence is so strong he can’t possibly.”
Clifford was jailed in May on eight counts of indecent assault between 1977 and 1984 in which he used his celebrity connections to lure women.
Weeks later, a court granted Westwood a divorce in just 105 seconds for his “unreasonable behaviour”. – Daily Mail
PROUD PAEDOPHILE: Jo Westwood, convicted sex offender Max Clifford’s former PA then wife, reveals he kept a bag of sexual photos and a letter from a teenager he’d abused.