Cliff Richard slaat terug naar de BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has accused a BBC reporter of “strong-arming” South Yorkshire police into cooperating after he was accused of a historic child sex assault. The 76-year-old singer said officers co-operated after reporter Dan Johnson “threatened” to broadcast a story. BBC editors deny the allegation. Richard has sued the BBC, and South Yorkshire police, over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender. He says his privacy was invaded and he wants “’very substantial” damages.

BBC bosses said they will defend themselves “vigorously”. Details of Richard’s claims emerged at a preliminary hearing at the high court in London on Wednesday. The singer did not attend the hearing. Richard sued following coverage of a police raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014. Lawyers representing the singer say he suffered “profound and long-lasting” damage, and that he has run up more than £1m in legal bills.

HL | 02/03/2017 13:35