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Daniel O’Donnell 'absolutely thrilled' Cliff Richard cleared of historic sex abuse claims

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 17/06/2016 | 13:37

Daniel and Majella O'Donnell, left, and Cliff Richard, right
Daniel and Majella O'Donnell, left, and Cliff Richard, right
Daniel O'Donnell and Cliff Richard performing together in 2003.
Cliff Richard and Majella O'Donnell at the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in 2010.

Daniel O’Donnell has expressed delight after his close friend Cliff Richard was cleared of historic sexual assault claims.

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The 75-year-old singer was told by police that there was he would not face any action after allegations of sexual abuse between 1958 and 1983 were made by four men.

“We have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute,” Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside, said in a statement.

Last night, Daniel and his wife Majella were both celebrating the news.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for Cliff Richard that he has received such good news. I wish Cliff all the best now that he can move on with his life,” the Donegal native told the Irish Sun.

Majella took to Twitter to say she "couldn't be more delighted" for her friend.

“So happy to hear that #CliffRichard will face no charges after a 2 years investigation! I always believed in him!”

She added: “About time too! He was treated appallingly! (The accused) should NOT be named until proven guilty. He was always innocent.”

Cliff Richard and Majella O'Donnell at the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in 2010.
Cliff Richard and Majella O'Donnell at the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in 2010.

On learning that he would not face charges, Cliff released a statement criticising the “high-profile fumbling” of the case.

“I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point,” he said.

“Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.”

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