Celebrity publicist Max Clifford convicted of indecent assaultBy Peter Wilkinson, CNNUpdated 11:50 AM ET, Mon April 28, 2014Max Clifford is Britain's most famous celebrity PR consultant, renowned for his decades-long expertise in "kiss-and-tell" clients.Story highlightsCelebrity publicist Max Clifford found guilty of indecent assaults on teenage girlsClifford convicted in investigation into allegations against TV presenter Jimmy SavileHe was convicted of 8 assaults, cleared of two, and a jury failed to reach verdict on anotherClifford denies claims, calling arrest and prosecution "a nightmare"Celebrity publicist Max Clifford was found guilty at a London court Monday of a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, according to British police.Clifford, from Hersham, Surrey, is the first person to be convicted in an investigation into sex abuse allegations against the late British TV presenter Jimmy Savile. He was convicted of eight indecent assaults against young victims -- one as young as 15 -- cleared of two, and a jury could not reach a verdict on one other.The 71-year-old denied all 11 claims of sex abuse between 1966 and 1985, calling his arrest and prosecution "a nightmare" and declaring his innocence.But prosecutors portrayed him as an expert manipulator, according to media reports, vowing to help victims' careers and introduce them to celebrities for sexual favors.He was released on bail until his sentencing Friday, but Judge Anthony Leonard warned him all options were open to him, the Press Association reported. "You must realize that the fact I have given you bail is no indication of what the final sentence will be," he said.Jenny Hopkins, deputy chief crown prosecutor in London, said: "Today's verdicts provide a long-denied justice to the victims of serious sexual offences. "I would like to thank these victims for having had the courage to come forward and give evidence. The victims of sexual abuse, whenever it may have taken place, should know that police and prosecutors will listen."Clifford was arrested in December 2012 and charged in April 2013 on suspicion of sex offenses in connection with the investigation -- dubbed Operation Yewtree -- into numerous allegations made against Savile and others after a TV documentary that aired in October 2012.In the documentary, several people came forward alleging Savile abused them, unleashing a further flood of allegations against the star, who before that was seen primarily as an eccentric but charismatic man who raised millions of pounds for charity.Clifford is Britain's most famous celebrity PR consultant, renowned for his decades-long expertise in "kiss-and-tell" clients connected to English Premier League footballers and the world of pop and showbiz. He has also represented several controversial celebrities, including O.J. Simpson, Frank Sinatra and Simon Cowell.CNN Recommends AIRASIA CRASH10 questions about AirAsia tragedyWith the discovery of debris from the AirAsia plane, investigators move closer to discovering what happened. What are the key questions, and what comes next?AirAsia disaster's lasting impactThe growth of AirAsia has been a regional aviation success story. The reason behind the loss of Flight QZ 8501 will be key to whether passengers start to shun it, says Alan Khee-Jin Tan.'Africa is not a country' campaignThey say there are no stupid questions -- but are there? How about, "Do you speak African?"What broke China's Internet in 2014The year of outrage also applies to China's Internet users in 2014.Swimming face-to-face with sharksOne man swims among sharks without the protection of a cage to make studio-quality, intimate photos of the sea creatures.Turning footsteps into free energyUsing a technology that has been around for 130 years, a company called Pavegen hopes to create electricity from everyday human activities.Father of Web predicts next phaseWhat's next for the Internet? Acclaimed scientist and fatherof the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee shares his insights.Best Instagram art of 2014Gone are the days of grainy phone images with the resolution of a poor imitation Monet.'Killing will be our religious duty'A chilling video shows Boko Haram executing dozens of non-Muslims. The year in pictures "The year in pictures" treks across the globe, looking back on the events that shaped 2014.Defining Moments: Our changing worldEach day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.Scenes from the fieldBrowse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.More from europeGreek F-16 crashes in Spain during NATO exercise, killing 10Greece's anti-austerity Prime Minister sworn in Ukraine to ask Hague to investigate 'crimes against humanity'