The denial, by Mr Justice Mann, means the company will now have to choose up Sir Cliff’s authorized charges of £850,000, to be paid inside 14 days. The choice additional vindicates the 77-year-old singer who had sued the BBC over its protection of a police raid on his dwelling in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, over a false little one intercourse assault allegation. No prices had been ever introduced. Mr Justice Mann dominated in Sir Cliff’s favour after a Excessive Court docket trial in London earlier this month. The choose concluded the protection was a “very critical” privateness invasion and awarded Sir Cliff £210,000 damages. He stated the award was made up of £190,000 to cowl the “normal impact” the protection had on Sir Cliff’s life, plus £20,000 as a result of the BBC had aggravated hurt by nominating the protection for an award. Most of this sum will even be picked up by the BBC, though South Yorkshire Police, which carried out the raid, will decide up a part of the invoice. Yesterday BBC bosses had been attempting to win permission to attraction by exhibiting that they had a practical likelihood of overturning the ruling. Both Mr Justice Mann or a Court docket of Attraction choose might give that permission. However the choose refused, claiming an attraction wouldn’t have an actual prospect of success. He added that there was no different compelling motive why Court docket of Attraction judges ought to contemplate the case. Barrister Gavin Millar, QC, who leads the BBC authorized crew, stated points raised within the case meant there was a “compelling motive” for an attraction to be heard. Mr Millar stated the ruling had implications for journalists and an attraction had a “actual prospect” of success, including that the damages award was “mistaken in regulation” and would have a “chilling impact”. He stated: “The danger is a extreme chilling impact on the liberty of the press in relation to reporting police investigations. We don’t go so far as to say you handed a regulation.” Nonetheless, attorneys representing Sir Cliff efficiently argued that the BBC shouldn’t have permission to attraction. Justin Rushbrooke, QC, who leads Sir Cliff’s authorized crew, stated Mr Justice Mann had utilized the regulation to the details. “Your lordship has faithfully and painfully utilized the regulation to the details of this case,” he instructed the choose. “It’s about time the BBC took a practical view of this matter.” Mr Justice Mann had earlier heard that in late 2013 a person had made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police. The person claimed he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff throughout an occasion that includes evangelist Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium in 1985, when he was a baby. Metropolitan Cops handed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014. Sir Cliff denied the allegation. He was by no means arrested and in June 2016 prosecutors introduced he would face no prices.
Emma Jones is an entertainment journalist for UKCelebrityNews and other magazines. The author or coauthor of ten books, Emma has sold several million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine.