About sharing media captionThe BBC's Nick Higham reports on events in court PR consultant Max Clifford used his celebrity contacts "to bully and manipulate" girls and women into sexual acts with him, a court has heard.
Mr Clifford from Hersham, Surrey, faces 11 counts of indecent assault relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 chst 19, between and He denies all the charges against him. Addressing Southwark Crown Court, Ms Cottage said: "The defendant used his contact with famous people to bully and manipulate these young people into sexual acts with him.
Mr Clifford was "the maker of the kiss-and-tell celebrity and the breaker of reputations", Ms Cottage said. He knows the strings to pull.
He knows how to manipulate, lie and get what he wants. She continued that Mr Clifford's "office was his own sexual fiefdom".
And we say he continues to do so by denying their allegations. The prosecutor added: "As the years went by, he got away with his behaviour, he must have thought he was untouchable and no doubt thought no one would complain and, if they did, they would not be believed.
The inquiry was set up following historical allegations of sex abuse against the late DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile - however Mr Clifford's arrest was unrelated to any allegations against Savile. The court has now adjourned until Monday 10 March.