Singer ‘tarnished’ by inquiry
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