The star singer has responded after police force consisting of a total of eight officers from South Yorkshire and Thames Valley police took part in raiding the star performer’s Berkshire penthouse apartment in England on Thursday and carried out a five-hour search, saying he had seen allegations circulating online for months but had opted not to “dignify” them with a response.
Sir Cliff, 73 – one of the most successful English musicians of all times, is currently not in the U.K. but promised his co-operation with the investigation, which concerns an alleged assault claimed to have taken place at an appearance by American evangelist Billy Graham in Sheffield in 1985.
“Officers are currently searching the property.
“A search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under the age of 16 at the time.
“No one has been arrested and the owner of the property was not present.”
However, police Police had not disclosed whether Sir Cliff would be interviewed or whether he was a witness, suspect or uninvolved.
During the police raid, Sir Cliff was on holiday in Portugal with his sister, who meanwhile stated: “For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen”.
“However, the police attended my apartment in Berkshire today without notice, except it would appear to the press. I am not presently in the UK but it goes without saying that I will cooperate fully should the police wish to speak to me. Beyond stating that today’s allegation is completely false it would not be appropriate to say anything further until the police investigation has concluded”.
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