Public relations supremo Max Clifford today shocked the media world today, when he actually refused to take on a client, on the grounds that the person who approached him was an obnoxious human being.
Speaking from his office in London, he said: 'I've represented many clients that others have thought were a bit iffy - Myra Hindley and Vlad the Impaler are two examples - but even I had to draw the line at this celebrity. I have to be careful what I say for legal reasons, so the only word I can use to describe this person is 'obnoxious', I simply couldn't bring myself to represent such a celebtrity as this.'
But in India, Bollywood film actress Shilpa Shetty - who once met this non-client of Mr Clifford's - wasn't so reserved in her comments. 'Please', she said, 'I'm not so keen on even thinking about that person - 'yuk!' about sums it up!', and still managing to be dignified and polite as always, she added 'I really feel sorry for you-know-who, but I'm pleased that I never sank as low as they did, you understand what I mean.'
'Fortunately we all know here that most British people are tolerant and friendly, the few that aren't stick out like a sore thumb, so I don't blame Max for refusing to take this client on.'
Max Clifford has previously taken on anyone that would pay him to, including Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson and George W Bush, but even he couldn't stomach Miss Shetty's former friend. 'I couldn't stomach this obnoxious person', he admitted, 'and had to turn down her - I mean their request, even I have some sort of morality. But next week I'm going to try and publicise Gordon Brown, and make him out to be a caring, sincere family man. OK, only joking!'
Shilpa Shetty was looking very beautiful in her latest film today, 'The Magic Toad Of Mumbai'.