Saturday, 4 December 2021

Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy case against BBC

LONDON: Sir Cliff Richard has been awarded 210,000 pounds ($405,000) damages after winning his privacy case against the BBC, but a judge ruled that the star is entitled to further sums to be decided at a later date.

The judge said the BBC had infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights in a “serious” and “sensationalist” way.

The 77-year-old singer took legal action against BBC bosses over coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following a child sex assault allegation.

Reacting to the judgment, Sir Cliff cried with relief and said: “I’m choked up. I can’t believe it. It’s wonderful news.”

Fans gathered outside the courtroom sang a refrain of the singer’s hit Congratulations as he left with his legal team.

During the hearing Sir Cliff told the judge that coverage, which involved the use of a helicopter, was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy.

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