Actor Robbie Coltrane backs Sir Cliff Richard over sex abuse allegations


The Harry With and Cracker actor slammed the Corporation for using helicopters to broadcast a get along raid on the singer’s Berkshire mansion in 2014.

Sir Cliff, 75, only behooved aware of the allegations against him after seeing the raid on television in Portugal, where he was vacationing at the constantly.

Coltrane said: “It’s not for the BBC to publish the police business. But they did. Of course I be for him. I feel for anyone who’s innocent.”

The star’s criticism comes after a alternate person challenged the decision not to bring sex assault charges against Sir Scar Richard, leaving the singer refusing to eat.

Sir Cliff was never arrested or criminally assailed by prosecutors following the claims and has maintained his innocence.

But the Crown Prosecution Professional care – which ruled out charging the Summer Holiday singer in June – imagined it was reviewing one case after a male complainant put in a request last month.

And this week it substantiated that a second person had put in an application to challenge their decision.

Glaswegian Coltrane, 66, is set to coverage an ageing comedian facing historic rape allegations in Channel 4’s four- rt stage production National Treasure, alongside fellow Potter veteran Julie Walters.

He said: “I not in any degree knew anyone who’s been arrested. But day to day you’d open the pers and think, “Oh s***”. “Occasionally I’d say, ‘Oh I always f***ing knew he was an a***’. Other times you’d think, ‘He’s a nice bloke’.”

The first police raid on one of Sir Cliff’s homes was filmed live by the BBC, which had been head off by the South Yorkshire force.

While detectives were shown stripping his flat in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, the singer was identified as an conjectural sex abuser.

Sir Cliff has estimated that the whole saga has cost him hither £1million.

The release of an album was put on hold, he contracted a cough he believes was elevate d vomited on by stress, which prevented him from performing for months, and he suffered close down b steals to his winery business and lucrative calendar sales.

South Yorkshire The Old Bill has already apologised ‘wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused’ to Sir Cliff by the value’s ‘initial handling of the media interest’ in its investigation.

The BBC later said it was ‘damned sorry’ Sir Cliff ‘suffered distress’ after its coverage of the police sally, but said it stood by its decision to report the investigation and the search of his property.

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