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Sir Cliff Richard files lawsuit against BBC and police bosses over televised raid

Singer Sir Cliff Richard has followed through with his threat to sue the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over their handling of an investigation of historical sexual assault.
Police officers raided the star’s Berkshire, England home in 2014 and the whole thing was caught on camera after BBC bosses received a tip-off.
The Wired For Sound singer watched the whole thing unfold from his vacation home in Portugal.
The case against him has since been dropped by lawmakers at the Crown Prosecution Service, and now he has filed legal papers at the High Court in London.
The 75-year-old previously claimed his reputation was “unnecessarily damaged” by the televised raid, and in July, he instructed his lawyers to make “formal legal complaints” to South Yorkshire Police and the BBC, claiming bosses at both parties were wrong to air the raid live before any charges had been brought against him.
In a statement to fans on his website, Sir Cliff wrote: “It is important not only for me personally but much more widely. My life was effectively turned upside down and my reputation, worldwide, was unnecessarily damaged.”

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