Cliff Richard presses for major legal change

Cliff Richard is one of several high-profile British celebrities demanding a change in the law that would bar police from revealing names of people under investigation for sex offenses unless they are officially charged.

A 2016 raid on the singer's home was televised by the BBC -- but Richard was never charged with a crime. He says British law needs to be changed because people think "there’s no smoke without fire" once you are accused of a crime.

"I felt like I had been hung out to dry... my reputation was in absolute tatters." He later successfully sued the BBC for invasion of privacy.

Sir Cliff's supporters include actor Stephen Fry and media executive Michael Grade, who are heading a petition drive hoping to persuade Parliament to decide what can and cannot be reported. (Reuters)

 
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