British singer Cliff Richard wins damages over BBC televised police raid

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

July 18, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Cliff Richard won 210,000 pounds ($273,735.00) 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 Richard, 77, one of Britain’s best known entertainers, was away on holiday.

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, 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.

(Reporting by Jo Heywood and Isabel Woodford, writing by Michael Holden, editing by Alistair Smout)

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