Cliff Richard court case – what was the verdict and what were the allegations against him?

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SIR Cliff Richard received around £2million towards his legal costs from the BBC after agreeing a final settlement following his privacy case in 2018.

The 80-year-old won a High Court case against the broadcaster over its TV coverage of a police raid on his home.

 Sir Cliff received around £2million towards his legal costs from the BBC in a High Court case in 2018

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Sir Cliff received around £2million towards his legal costs from the BBC in a High Court case in 2018Credit: PA:Press Association

What were the allegations against Sir Cliff?

Cops searched the singer’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014 as part of an investigation into a historical child sex abuse allegation.

Lawyers said an unnamed man made an allegation in late 2013 to officers from the Metropolitan Police.

The man claimed he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff when he was a child in 1985.

Metropolitan Police officers then passed the allegation on to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014.

Sir Cliff went on to face separate claims from four men - all of which were dismissed.

In 2016 prosecutors announced Sir Cliff - who strongly denied the claims against him - would face no charges.

Sir Cliff was never arrested or charged with any crimes and the singer described the ordeal as “traumatic”.

 Sir Cliff was not arrested or charged with any crimes

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Sir Cliff was not arrested or charged with any crimesCredit: PA:Press Association

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What was the verdict in the High Court case?

Sir Cliff Richard won his claim at the High Court against the BBC in July 2018 following a live broadcast of a police raid on his home in August 2014.

The singer took the BBC to court over a serious breach of privacy.

The BBC was ordered to pay £210,000 in damages, and later agreed to pay £850,000 to cover legal costs. The figure later increased.

The broadcaster, which also paid £315,000 to South Yorkshire Police for its legal costs, said the case had now come to "its conclusion", it was reported last September.

Announcing his ruling, Justice Mann said the BBC had infringed the star's privacy rights in a "serious and sensationalist way".

He added that the star would be entitled to claim further sums for any financial impact the broadcast made on his career.

During the trial, the legendary singer's spokesman said: "Sir Cliff incurred these costs over a five-year period as a direct result of the actions of the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.

"He is of course glad that an agreement about costs has now been reached. Ultimately, however, Sir Cliff is substantially out of pocket (a seven figure sum), not least because there are costs that he has not sought to recover from the parties."


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