Clifford deal for parents of siamese twins

Max Clifford has brokered pounds 500,000-worth of deals between the

news media and the parents of siamese twins separated last year by

surgeons in Manchester.

Gozo-based couple Michelangelo and Rina Attard have hired Clifford to

negotiate with the press on their behalf ahead of their return to the

Mediterranean island.

Clifford is understood to have agreed pounds 500,000 terms with a series

of newspapers, magazines and broadcasters for interviews and pictures of

the couple and their surviving baby - now known by her real name


The News of the World and Mail on Sunday are each expected to run

interviews this weekend, while Now magazine is pencilled in for next

week. The TV slot is with Granada's Tonight with Trevor Macdonald.

Clifford will pick up 20 per cent of their initial revenues, but is also

thought to have secured them a 50 per cent piece of any syndication

rights worldwide.

The Roman Catholic Attards fought a legal battle last year to stop

surgeons at Manchester's St Mary's Hospital from separating the twins -

who were then known as Jodie and Mary - joined at the hip and sharing a

heart and lungs.

The couple plan to return to Gozo where Clifford has set them up with

further exposure in the Japanese and US media.

Clifford is thought to have spent time with the couple ensuring that

pictures of the conjoined twins did not enter the public domain.

Leader, p10.

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