Sir Cliff Richard attacks ‘completely false’ sex abuse claims

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Sir Cliff Richard has attacked “completely false” allegations that he sexually abused a boy at an evangelical rally.

The veteran singer’s home was searched yesterday in connection with allegations pertaining to events at a 1985 Sheffield rally hosted by famous evangelist Billy Graham.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, of South Yorkshire Police said: “A search warrant has been granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s.

“This involved a young boy under the age of 16 years”.

The 73-year-old singer – who is currently in Portugal – said in a statement that he has been aware of the allegations for several months, but denies any wrongdoing.

He said: “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.”

No one has been arrested in connection with the investigation, but the Independent reports that police have requested to speak with the singer.

The search is unconnected to Operation Yewtree, which is investigating historic sex abuse allegations connected to Jimmy Saville and others.

Billy Graham’s son, Frankin Graham, has become renowned for his anti-gay views, claiming in April that Vladimir Putin is ‘doing what’s right for Russia’ by implementing homophobic policies.

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