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Max Clifford and wife getting divorced

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Image caption Max Clifford was jailed for eight years after being convicted of indecent assault

The jailed publicist, Max Clifford, and his wife, Jo, are getting divorced after a marriage lasting four years.

They were granted a decree nisi by a judge at the Central Family Court in London. Neither attended the hearing, which lasted less than two minutes.

Clifford, 71, was jailed for eight years this month after being convicted of a series of indecent assaults.

According to the divorce papers, Mrs Clifford filed for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

She said her husband's behaviour had affected her health, writing: "I suffered from stress and had heart palpitation and saw a specialist."

The petition was signed on 14 August 2013.

The date of the "final incident" referred to in the divorce papers was 18 August 2012, which was nearly four months before Clifford was arrested on suspicion of committing sex offences.

Mrs Clifford's lawyer, Raymond Tooth, said: "Everything has been settled amicably."

Lucy Sparks, who represented the disgraced publicist, declined to comment.

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