Cliff Richard says he has ‘every right’ to sue the BBC after police raid was televised

The singer's home was raided by police in 2014

Cliff Richard has said he has ‘every right’ to sue the BBC after the corporation televised a police raid on his home.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier today, the singer spoke about how his Berkshire home was raided by police in 2014 as they investigated allegations of historical sex abuse – which were dropped by police last week.

He suggested that there may have been ‘illegal collusion’ between the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, after a deal was agreed to show the raid on live television – and refused to rule out suing the corporation.

He said: “There must have been illegal collusion. I’ve never known, I don’t think, investigations take place with lighting and cameras and special angles for the helicopter – it just seems ridiculous.

“I feel I have every right to sue because, if nothing else, definitely for gross intrusion of my privacy.”

The singer also claimed that his allegations felt like “collateral damage” in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, which saw a number of high-profile figures accused of sex abuse after Savile’s crimes were revealed in the wake of his death.

Yesterday, the BBC apologised for distressing the singer – after he said that the coverage made him feel like he was ‘going to die.’

In a statement, the BBC said: “The BBC is very sorry that Sir Cliff Richard, who has worked as a musician and performer for so many years with the organisation, has suffered distress.”