Cliff Richard’s ordeal is finally over, for the past two years he has had accusations of sex abuse hanging over his head. However, that’s all over now as the Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed all the evidence and found that the decision not to prosecute was correct.
Sir Cliff Richard is of course relieved that he can now put this all behind him and said that “a cloud lifted” when he learned of CPS’ decision.
Speaking to Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2, he said: “It’s not been the best two years of my life but it’s all gone. Even though I knew it couldn’t go anywhere [because] these things never happened, there is always the fear and the embarrassment of being talked about in those terms. I’m moving on with my life.”
The investigation into Sir Cliff has been a long running one by the South Yorkshire police, due to accusations from four men. Back in June, the charges were dropped due to insignificant evidence. But, the claims once again rose their ugly heads when one of the accusers asked the CPS to review the case, but they found the decision not to charge the correct one.
A CPS spokesman said: “In accordance with the scheme, a CPS lawyer who was not involved in the original decision-making process has completed a full review of the evidence and has concluded that the decisions not to charge were correct.”
Another source also chimed in: “We understand that the CPS conducted a thorough review of the entire police file, not just the two complainants who requested the review of the decision not to prosecute. It has been confirmed by the CPS that this is the end of the matter.”
Cliff himself said of the charges, back in June: “How can there be evidence for something that never took place! 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.”
However, all that is behind him and Cliff has confirmed that it’s “back to work” now that nastiness is over. It seems the legendary singer is aiming for a Christmas hit. That would certainly be a pleasant change from whatever cardboard cutout X-Factor trots out for the Chrismas no. 1.
Cliff’s new album, which is out November 11, includes covers of Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen and Great Balls of Fire, plus a brand new track It’s Better to Dream and a “duet” with Elvis Presley on Blue Suede Shoes.