Sir Cliff Richard Back In Britain To Voluntarily Answer Police Questions Over Sex Offence Allegation
British singer was holidaying in Portugal when his apartment was searched last week.
Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by South Yorkshire Police in connection with an alleged historical sexual offence, his spokesperson has confirmed. The singer flew back to Britain from Portugal to voluntarily answer questions from police and was not arrested or charged, although the interview was conducted under caution.
Sir Cliff answered police questions voluntarily
Last week police searched the Sunningdale apartment of the 73 year old singer as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a young boy in Sheffield in 1985. Richard was holidaying in Portugal at the time of the search but has since denied any wrongdoing, describing the allegations as ‘false”.
A spokesperson for the singer said today, "Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police. He was not arrested or charged." They also added that Cliff "co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him."
The statement ended by saying that, "other than restating that this allegation is completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time."
South Yorkshire Police have also confirmed they've spoken to a 73-year-old man "in relation to an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to 1985”.
Meanwhile, the BBC's live coverage of the search of the singer's home has continued to come under fire, with the police chief leading the investigation accusing the BBC of a ‘cover-up’ over how its journalists learned the raid would happen.
An investigation has been launched into the BBC's coverage of the raid on Richard's home
The accusations by the police chief have caused 'deep concern’ for Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, who has summoned the South Yorkshire chief constable and BBC director general Lord Hall to appear before his committee on September 2. Lord Hall has insisted that BBC journalists ‘acted appropriately’ in their coverage of the story, which saw the raid on Richard's home broadcast live before the singer had even been spoken to by police.