Sir Cliff says he suffered ‘profound and long-lasting damage’ as a result of coverage of the raid
SIR Cliff Richard’s legal professionals have advised a Top Courtroom pass judgement on the singer will have to obtain reimbursement on the “very most sensible finish of the size” as a result of BBC protection of a police raid on his house led to him “nice injury”.
The 77-year-old singer is suing the company over protection of the raid — which adopted a intercourse attack allegation.
Sir Cliff, who denied the allegation, was once not charged with any offence and mentioned he suffered “profound and long-lasting injury” because of protection. Mr Justice Mann on Thursday started overseeing an ordeal, anticipated to remaining 10 days, on the Top Courtroom in London.
BBC editors have mentioned they are going to “shield ourselves vigorously”. A barrister main Sir Cliff’s prison crew mentioned BBC protection of the quest on the singer’s condominium in August 2014 was once a “very critical invasion” of privateness. Justin Rushbrooke QC advised how protection had a “extended have an effect on” on Sir Cliff. He didn’t give any indication of the volume Sir Cliff sought after. However Mr Justice Mann heard that the singer had already agreed to simply accept a STG400,000 ($A735,000) cost from the power which performed the quest. Sir Cliff, who was once in another country when the raid happened, had to start with sued the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.
The pass judgement on was once advised in Would possibly 2017 how that dispute have been settled after the power agreed to pay the singer “considerable” damages. He has now been given the determine by way of legal professionals representing the power on the trial.
“We expect it’s onerous to consider a case of exposure a couple of suspect in a police investigation which will have led to larger injury to the autonomy and dignity of the claimant,” mentioned Rushbrooke.
He added: “We are saying this can be a declare for an award on the very most sensible finish of the size.” Legal professionals have advised how in overdue 2013, a person made an allegation to London’s Metropolitan Police, pronouncing he have been sexually assaulted by way of Sir Cliff, all over an tournament that includes evangelist Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane soccer stadium in Sheffield, when a kid in 1985.
Metropolitan Cops handed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014. Sir Cliff denied the allegation and in June 2016 prosecutors introduced that he would face no fees.
A BBC spokesman has mentioned that the BBC had reported Sir Cliff’s “complete denial of the allegations at each and every level”.