Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard has allegedly launched legal action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.

The 75-year-old singer songwriter, who was subject to a 22-month long investigation after four sex abuse allegations were made against him during 1958 and 1983, is reportedly suing the broadcasting network as well as the South Yorkshire Police for naming him as the suspect in the child abuse case, and for publicly broadcasting the raid on his Berkshire mansion in 2014.

According to The Mirror Online, the 'Devil Woman' hitmaker - who has recently been cleared of all charges made against him - is seeking £1 million in damages and costs after the live airing, although both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police have previously apologised to the vocalist.

Speaking in a statement about the claims made against him, the 'Summer Holiday' actor said: "[I was] named before I was even interviewed, and for me that was like being hung out like 'live bait'".

And the vocalist has admitted his life has been "turned upside down" since the unfortunate events.

Speaking previously, he said: "My life was effectively turned upside down and my reputation worldwide, was unnecessarily damaged. I would not want the same to happen to others whether in the public eye or not.

"Whilst the police of course need to properly investigate allegations made to them, it is clear to me that questions need to be answered by both the police and the BBC about their initial handling of my matter, which has rightly been condemned from so many quarters, including the Home Affairs Select Committee, the broader press, and, even the police themselves."

Meanwhile Cliff - who has never been charged or arrested - was "thrilled" when the case was drawn to a close in June this year.

He said: "I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point.

"Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close."

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