Cliff Richard privateness case: Reporter had ‘bonkers however sensible’ day

Sir Cliff Richard arriving at the High Court on 13 April 2018Picture copyright
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A BBC reporter protecting a police search of Sir Cliff Richard’s flat spoke of a “bonkers however sensible” day, the singer’s privateness case has been advised.

Dan Johnson used the phrases in 2014 in reply to a textual content message from the pinnacle of media at South Yorkshire Police after the raid, the Excessive Court docket heard.

Carrie Goodwin had requested him whether or not he had had a “good day” reporting on the historic sexual assault inquiry.

Sir Cliff denied the allegation and was by no means charged with an offence.

He’s suing the BBC for the misuse of personal data and breaking information safety guidelines.

The 77-year-old star has advised the decide how the protection of the raid on his flat in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, left him feeling “perpetually tainted” and “smeared”.

The BBC says its report was made in good religion and of official public curiosity.

Element of the textual content conversations between Mr Johnson and Ms Goodwin on the day of the raid have been raised in courtroom by the BBC’s barrister Gavin Millar QC.

He referred to the message Ms Goodwin despatched a number of hours after the search and the primary BBC broadcast, to ask him whether or not he had had a “good day”.

Mr Johnson mentioned it had been “bonkers however sensible. Thanks to your assist. Hope it went nicely out of your standpoint. Any thought what occurs subsequent?”

In response, Ms Goodwin mentioned: “Everybody thinks we tipped you off so a number of grief from the media however nothing we can not deal with.”

However cross-examined by Mr Millar, she denied police had been glad to draw the BBC protection.

South Yorkshire Police has settled its personal privateness case with Sir Cliff by paying him £400,000 and argues that the BBC ought to pay a share of this as a result of its actions have been “way more causative of the harm suffered”.

It had been wanting right into a declare Sir Cliff sexually assaulted a boy underneath the age of 16 in Sheffield in 1985.

Former Det Supt Matthew Fenwick advised the courtroom on Monday that police solely agreed to inform the BBC concerning the raid as a result of it had wished to delay Mr Johnson reporting on the story earlier than it had an opportunity to go looking Sir Cliff’s flat.

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