Singer ‘tar­nished’ by in­quiry

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Sir Cliff Richard still feels “tar­nished” by sex abuse al­le­ga­tions. The singer - who has been cleared of all al­le­ga­tions made against him - said the UK’s Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice’s (CPS) ter­mi­nol­ogy of “in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to pros­e­cute” makes it sound like he did com­mit a crime. He said: “To get the news a cou­ple of days ago telling me that it was good news from the CPS was just fan­tas­tic. It’s very dif­fi­cult for me to ex­plain to peo­ple what it’s been feel­ing like, what it felt like for me, to be an in­no­cent, but hav­ing th­ese vile ac­cu­sa­tions thrown at me. “The CPS, I mean, it’s just what they do... there are cer­tain ter­mi­nolo­gies that they have to use, and in this case they never say there is no ev­i­dence, they just say in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence, noth­ing on which we can pros­e­cute. And so in a way I still feel tar­nished be­cause in­suf­fi­cient sug­gests that maybe there’s some­thing there and I know there wasn’t.” And the 75-year-old star said he is now “very cagey” about hav­ing his pho­to­graph taken with young peo­ple in case peo­ple get the wrong idea.

CLEARED: Sir Cliff Richard

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