Max was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today

Max Clifford has been jailed for eight years for a string of indecent assaults against women and a 15-year-old girl.

The PR guru, 71, became the first person to be convicted under Operation Yewtree on Monday, when he was found guilty of 8 counts of the crime from 1977-1984.

He was sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court this afternoon and Judge Anthony Leonard said that he should serve at least half of his sentence in prison.

‘These offences may have taken place a long time ago, when inappropriate and trivial sexual behaviour was more likely to be tolerated,’ said the judge.

‘But your offending was not trivial, but of a very serious nature.’

Max was charged under an act from 1956 due to the dates of the offences, which set the maximum term at two years for each offence.

The maximum term would have been 10 years under legislation passed in 2003 and in some instances the charge would be rape or assault by penetration, which carry a maximum life term.

Max has repeatedly denied the claims and continued to protest his innocence today.

‘I stand by everything I have said in the last 17 months. I just have to make the best of what the court gives me,’ said Max after he arrived at court.

‘It is the same as I have felt since it started 17 months ago, it is like living under a dark cloud. It is the same for my family… for my daughter and everyone close to me.’

Anna Duff