Cliff Richard wins damages over 'sensationalist' BBC coverage of police raid

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 18, 2018

Sir Cliff Richard is due to discover if he has successfully sued the BBC over coverage of a police raid of his home.

Handing down his judgment, Justice Anthony Mann said the BBC had infringed Richard's privacy rights "without a legal justification".

He has been awarded £210,000 in damages, but a judge ruled that he is entitled to further sums to be decided at a later date.

They said the broadcaster also reported Sir Cliff's "full denial of the allegations at every stage". I can't believe it.

The singer, 77, said the BBC's reporting, which involved a helicopter filming his home, was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy.

Alleged incident Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground in 1985
Alleged incident Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground in 1985

The judge oversaw a trial at the High Court in London during April and May.

Singer Cliff Richard arrives to hear the ruling of his case against the BBC over coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid in August 2014 on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire following a child sex assault allegation.

The BBC disputed his claims and senior editors said the coverage was accurate and in good faith.

Sir Cliff denied the allegation and was never arrested, and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.

South Yorkshire Police had agreed to pay him £400,000 after settling a claim he brought against the force.

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