Sir Cliff Richard has settled a legal battle with South Yorkshire Police over reports that named him as a suspected sex offender, following a raid on his home in 2014.
The singer, 76, filed for damages against the force and the BBC. Despite the Police coming to an agreement with the star, the BBC said “it had a duty to report during the investigation”. They are still fighting the case.
On Friday, a BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC’s responsibility is to report news stories that are in the public interest.
“Extensive disclosure of historical child sexual abuse by other celebrities made the investigation – and a subsequent police decision to search his home – a worthy news story.
“A search happened, and because it did, the BBC reported it – just as any other media organisation would have and did.”
Cliff Richard rose to fame in the late 1950s when rock ‘n’ roll was all the rage. His success continued through the decades. He was knighted in 1995.
Source : BBC
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