Sir Cliff Richard, 81, has made an impassioned plea after admitting he feared he would suffer a heart attack when he was falsely accused of child sexual assault charges. The Mistletoe and Wine singer denied all claims and was never arrested.
He sued the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home, winning £210,000 in damages in 2018.
The broadcaster was also ordered to cover Cliff’s legal costs, which exceeded £850,000, and South Yorkshire Police was ordered to pay him £400,000 damages.
After Cliff spent more than £3million clearing his name, he made a speech in the House of Lords on Wednesday explaining that he will never get over the ordeal.
He is campaigning to change the law so that suspects have anonymity unless they are charged with a crime.
It added that it was “pleased” to have reached an “amicable settlement” in the case.
Officers had been investigating an allegation made by a man who had accused Cliff of a sexual assault dating back to 1985.
Cliff was never arrested or charged, and the case was dropped two years later.
“It was very intrusive,” Cliff told Jonathan Ross.