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Cliff Richard to sue BBC for $A2.4m: paper

Press AssociationPress Association 26/10/2016

Cliff Richard claims police gave the BBC a "running commentary" of a raid on his home, in legal papers outlining his STG1.5 million ($A2.4 million) court battle, according to a report

The veteran British singer lodged a High Court writ stating that the broadcaster struck a deal with South Yorkshire Police, according to The Sun.

Richard, 76, is claiming aggravated damages and is requesting a "significant" portion of his legal costs are paid by the force and the corporation, the paper said.

The court papers allegedly show that police press officer Lesley Card alerted BBC crime correspondent Dan Johnson to the raid.

Card reportedly wrote in a text message: "Going in now, Dan."

Later the reporter is said to have replied: "Give me a shout before they take anything out, so we can get the chopper in place for a shot."

Richard was investigated over a 1980s assault allegation, but the case was dropped in June.

In the lawsuit, filed at the High Court on October 6, Richard reportedly says he was left feeling "publicly violated" by the alleged deal between the BBC and the police on the raid.

The 26-page document is said to show Richard has spent more than STG1 million on his lawsuit, and wants a "significant portion" of his legal costs paid and at least STG200,000 in "aggravated damages".

Johnson arranged a meeting at South Yorkshire Police headquarters where he told the officer in charge of the case he "knew everything", effectively "strong-arming" them into giving the BBC access, the legal papers reportedly state.

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