Piers Morgan ‘to ask Sir Cliff Richard about sex abuse allegations’ on Life Stories
Piers Morgan has lined up Sir Cliff Richard for the new series of Life Stories, reports say.
And the journalist, who’s interviewed the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Bruce Forsyth and even US President Donald Trump, will reportedly ask the legendary crooner about his sex abuse allegation hell.
The Sun reports that Sir Cliff will sit down with Piers to discuss the allegations.
Sir Cliff has always denied the allegations made by four men dating between 1958 and 1983.
A police investigation began in 2014, but the probe was dropped in 2016 with no charges brought.
Mirror Online has reached out to reps for Sir Cliff for comment, while ITV told us that the line-up for the new series hasn’t yet been announced.
Sir Cliff has opened up about the allegations before in the autobiography he released earlier this year to mark his 80th birthday.
He writes about what publisher Ebury Press describes as “the false allegations changed his life forever.”
The singer disputed the BBC’s coverage of the allegations at the time.
The broadcaster has used a helicopter to film a police raid on his Berkshire home in 2014.
A judge ruled the BBC had infringed his privacy, while Sir Cliff said corporation bosses had acted as “judge, jury and executioner” and put him through “the most horrible thing that’s taken place in my life.”
He added: “It was heartbreaking anyone would even think it possible for that accusation to be true.”
Sir Cliff settled the legal battle for £2 million – less than half of the £4.5 million he had spent on legal fees.
A judge ordered the BBC to pay £210,000 in damages, with the BBC originally agreeing to pay £850,000 toward his costs.
That amount eventually soared, the Mirror reported at the time, with a spokeperson telling us: “We are pleased Sir Cliff Richard, the BBC and South Yorkshire Police have reached an amicable settlement of Sir Cliff Richard’s legal costs.
“The BBC’s costs are within the scope of our legal insurance.”
The corporation also paid £315,000 to South Yorkshire Police, issued an apology to Sir Cliff for distress caused, but claimed the ruling raised “questions about police freedom.”
The judge concluded Sir Cliff’s right to privacy trumped the BBC’s right of freedom of expression to publish his name and cover the raid.