Sir Cliff awaits judge’s rul­ing in his court case with the BBC

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

SIR CLIFF Richard is wait­ing to hear whether he has won his fight with the BBC over cov­er­age of a po­lice raid on his home fol­low­ing a child sex as­sault al­le­ga­tion.

A judge over­saw a High Court trial in Lon­don dur­ing April and May and is due to pub­lish a rul­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Sir Cliff told Mr Jus­tice Mann that the singer was not ask­ing for “spe­cial treat­ment” but wanted to be treated like “any­body else”.

The 77-year-old sued the BBC over TV cov­er­age of a South York­shire Po­lice search on his home in Au­gust 2014 and wants dam­ages at the “top end” of the scale.

He told Mr Jus­tice Mann that the cov­er­age, which in­volved the use of a he­li­copter, was a “very se­ri­ous in­va­sion” of his pri­vacy. The BBC dis­putes his claims.

Bosses say the cov­er­age of the search of the apart­ment in Sun­ning­dale, Berk­shire, was ac­cu­rate and in good faith.

Mr Jus­tice Mann heard that, in late 2013, a man made an al­le­ga­tion to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, say­ing he had been sex­u­ally as­saulted by Sir Cliff dur­ing an event fea­tur­ing evan­ge­list Billy Gra­ham at Sh­effield United’s Bra­mall Lane foot­ball sta­dium in 1985, when he was a child.

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

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

A BBC spokesman has said the broad­caster re­ported Sir Cliff’s “full de­nial of the al­le­ga­tions at every stage”.

Mr Jus­tice Mann heard that South York­shire Po­lice had agreed to pay Sir Cliff £400,000 af­ter set­tling a claim he brought against the force.

The singer ini­tially sued the BBC and South York­shire Po­lice af­ter com­plain­ing about cov­er­age of the raid.

A spokesman for the ju­di­ciary said yes­ter­day that Mr Jus­tice Mann would de­liver his rul­ing at the High Court in Lon­don next Wed­nes­day.

Dur­ing the court hear­ing Sir Cliff broke down while giv­ing ev­i­dence as he said he blamed the BBC for the way his name had been “for­ever tainted”.

Singer blames the BBC for the way his name had been ‘for­ever tainted’.

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