by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
Cliff Richards has been cleared of all sexual abuse charges with the Crown Prosecution Service saying the case has been “carefully reviewed” and there is “insufficient evidence to prosecute”.
The home of Sir Cliff Richard was raided in 2014 and the singer questioned over a 1980’s era sex crime. The police action was vague and given the time it was uncertain what a raid could possibly achieve.
Despite a lack of evidence the UK witch hunt continued with police later claiming their investigation had “increased significantly in size”.
In 2014 UK detectives were certain of a final decision before the end of the year. Instead, they chose to harass Sir Cliff for another two years.
Cliff Richard has had 74 top ten hits in his native England including sixteen number ones. In the U.S., he hit the top ten with Devil Woman (1976 / #6), We Don’t Talk Anymore (1979 / #7) and Dreamin’ (1980 / #10).
Sir Cliff Richard has issued the following statement:
After almost two years under police investigation I learnt today that they have finally closed their enquiries.
I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point! Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.
Ever since the highly-publicized and BBC-filmed raid on my home I have chosen not to speak publicly. Even though I was under pressure to ‘speak out’, other than to state my innocence, which was easy for me to do as I have never molested anyone in my life, I chose to remain silent.
This was despite the widely-shared sense of injustice resulting from the high-profile fumbling of my case from day one. Other than in exceptional cases, people who are facing allegations should never be named publicly until charged.
I was named before I was even interviewed and for me that was like being hung out like ‘live bait’. It is obvious that such strategies simply increase the risk of attracting spurious claims which not only tie up police resources and waste public funds, but they forever tarnish the reputations of innocent people.
There have been numerous occasions in recent years where this has occurred, and I feel very strongly that no innocent person should be treated in this way.
I know the truth and in some peoples’ eyes the CPS’ announcement today doesn’t go far enough because it doesn’t expressly state that I am innocent; which of course I am. There lies the problem.
My reputation will not be fully vindicated because the CPS’ policy is to only say something general about there being ‘insufficient’ evidence.
How can there be evidence for something that never took place! This is also a reason why people should never be named publicly until they have been charged unless there are exceptional circumstances.
To my fans and members of the public, to the press and media, all of whom continued to show me such encouraging and wonderful support, I would like to say “thank you” it would have been so much harder without you.