BBC and Sir Cliff Richard agree monthlong truce on sexcase settlement

first_img Cliff Richard Mr Justice Mann also announced he would not be making any remarks on the size of legal bills run up by Sir Cliff Richard during his High Court proceedings against the BBC at this stage.BBC bosses have criticised the singer over his spending on lawyers, claiming the singer has already run up legal costs of more than £800,000.The BBC could be ordered to pick up Sir Cliff’s lawyers’ bills if court proceedings continue and it loses the battle. The broadcaster’s represenatives had invited the judge to “record” his views, but yesterday (FRI) Mr Justice Mann told lawyers representing both sides: “I am not minded to make any particular remarks about the level of costs.”  Cliff RichardCredit:AFP Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC have put their legal battle in the High Court on hold in the hope of reaching a settlement.The singer has sued over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender, arguing his right to respect for private life was infringed and wants “very substantial” damages.Lawyers representing all sides told a judge on Friday that parties had agreed to a one-month ceasefire so negotiations could take place.Mr Justice Mann, who has been overseeing the latest in a series of preliminary hearings at the High Court in London, indicated that he would review the position in the near future.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The singer has taken legal action against the BBC, and South Yorkshire Police, over coverage of a raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014.His lawyers say he suffered “profound and long-lasting” harm and should get damages.But BBC editors have said they will “defend ourselves vigorously”.A spokeswoman said the BBC had reported Sir Cliff’s “full denial of the allegations at every stage”.South Yorkshire Police have apologised “wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused” by the force’s “initial handling of the media interest” in its investigation into the singer.Lawyers say in late 2013 a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, saying he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium when a child in 1985.Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014.Sir Cliff denied the allegation “as soon as it was brought to his attention” and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.last_img

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