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