Cliff Richard has threatened to sue the BBC and South Yorkshire police.
The singer is said to be considering legal action after the media network ran a live broadcast of a raid of his home by the force’s officers.
Richards’ lawyers have sent letters to both the BBC and South Yorkshire police warning that he intends to sue for “misuse of private information”. According to the musician, police and journalists “unlawfully colluded” to invade his privacy during the 2014 investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse.
The letters, which were sent last Friday, say the BBC and the police caused him “unnecessary damage” by agreeing permission to film the raid, while the damage was described as “foreseeable and unjustified”.
The investigation was later dropped, while the BBC were criticised for their coverage of the raid. According to Mail On Sunday, Richards will be looking for £1 million compensation for damages and costs.