BBC protection of police raid made me really feel ‘violated and betrayed’

Sir Cliff Richard felt “violated and betrayed” by the BBC’s determination to broadcast footage of a police search of his house, the Excessive Court docket has heard.

Tv presenter Gloria Hunniford, a long-term good friend of the singer, mentioned he had appeared “completely distraught”.

Hunniford outlined her considerations in a written witness assertion given through the newest stage of the trial in London, which is being overseen by Mr Justice Mann.

Sir Cliff has instructed the choose how BBC protection of the police raid on his residence in August 2014 left him feeling “eternally tainted”.

He mentioned seeing footage of his penthouse house being searched in Berkshire was like “watching burglars” going by means of his belongings.

Sir Cliff claims the BBC’s protection of the search, which was staged after a intercourse assault allegation, was a “very severe invasion” of his privateness – with the star demanding damages on the “high finish” of the size.

The BBC disputes his claims, with company bosses claiming its protection was correct and in good religion.

Mr Justice Mann started overseeing the trial on Thursday.

Hunniford mentioned she had watched the BBC report of the police search in August 2014.

“I couldn’t consider what I used to be seeing,” she mentioned.

“He’s a delicate and type soul and I used to be extraordinarily nervous about how he could be reacting.

“He appeared completely distraught that the search and allegations in opposition to him had been broadcast so broadly world wide, and about what everybody should be serious about him.”

She mentioned she had seen Sir Cliff in latest months and that he appears “extra his outdated self and is wanting quite a bit higher”.

Hunniford added: “Nevertheless, he can not cease speaking about how violated and betrayed he feels in regards to the BBC determination to broadcast the police search of his house and create the media storm that ensued.”

Sir Cliff Richard arrived at the High Court with former broadcaster Gloria Hunniford
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Tv presenter Gloria Hunniford and long-term good friend mentioned the singer appeared ‘completely distraught’

Sir Cliff’s legal professionals have mentioned the BBC bought details about a intercourse assault allegation from a “tainted” police supply.

They’ve instructed Mr Justice Mann that the data got here from somebody related to a wider Metropolitan Police inquiry into intercourse abuse allegations, an investigation codenamed Operation Yewtree.

Justice Rushbrooke QC, who leads Sir Cliff’s authorized group, mentioned legal professionals knew “for a truth” that “Yewtree was the supply”.

They steered that the journalist who obtained the data should have recognized that it had been “improperly” launched by somebody concerned in a “extremely delicate” police operation and mentioned the supply was “tainted”.

A BBC reporter who coated the South Yorkshire Police search of Sir Cliff’s residence texted one of many pressure’s press officers a few “bonkers however sensible” day, it was heard.

The press officer replied saying she was getting “numerous grief from the media” as a result of “everybody thinks we tipped you off”.

Element of the textual content dialog between journalist Dan Johnson and Carrie Goodwin, head of company communications at South Yorkshire Police, was analysed by the choose as proof.

Ms Goodwin accepted throughout cross examination from the BBC’s lawyer that she knew how the broadcaster deliberate to deal with the story one month earlier than the search was carried out.

Throughout Monday’s proof, there was a dispute between the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. The pressure mentioned the BBC put strain on them to let reporters accompany the raid, whereas the BBC claims that the police have been eager for the publicity.

To execute the warrant to look the deal with, South Yorkshire Police needed to function within the Thames Valley pressure space.

Ms Goodwin despatched a press officer to attend the raid all day and accepts this was barely uncommon.

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