Thursday 20 September 2018

Cliff Richard wins damages over BBC televised police raid

Singer Cliff Richard arrives at the High Court to hear the verdict of the privacy case he brought against the BBC, in central London, Britain, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Singer Cliff Richard arrives at the High Court to hear the verdict of the privacy case he brought against the BBC, in central London, Britain, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Jo Heywood and Isabel Woodford

British singer Cliff Richard won more than £200,000 (€224,394) in damages on Wednesday after London's High Court ruled the broadcaster had breached his privacy by televising a raid on his house which the entertainer said damaged his reputation.

The BBC broadcast detectives searching his home in August 2014 while Mr Richard, 77, one of Britain's best known entertainers, was away on holiday.

Mr Richard was being investigated over allegations of historical child sex offences, but prosecutors said in 2016 he would not be charged due to lack of evidence.

After he was cleared of the charges, Mr Richard, who maintained his innocence throughout the investigation, started legal action over the BBC's reporting of the case.

Justice Anthony Mann said the BBC had infringed his privacy rights "without a legal justification."

"It did so in a serious and also in a somewhat sensationalist way," he said in his judgment.

Reuters

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