One of Sir Cliff Richard’s alleged victims has called for a review of the decision to drop the investigation into historic sex abuse claims, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
Following a controversial two-year inquiry by South Yorkshire Police, which cost an estimated £800,000, the case was rejected by the CPS as there was “insufficient evidence to prosecute” the veteran entertainer.
The CPS examined evidence from four men who claimed offences took place between 1958 and 1983.
But the case is now being reviewed after one of the men appealed the decision not to press charges, The Mirror reported.
This news comes days after Sir Cliff, 75, said he had recovered from his year of continued heartbreak, after having his life “effectively turned upside down” by the accusations.
He was reportedly told of the challenge a short time before the death of his sister Donna Gordon, 73, earlier this month, in the latest of what friends described as an “absolutely depressing” year for the singer.
Last year, Sir Cliff was left “utterly devastated” after close friend Cilla Black died aged 72 in a fall at her villa in Spain.
The latest revelations may be a setback for the star who last week told the tabloid he was “back to his best”.
“I’m back to my best. I’m OK, everything will be OK. I want to thank all my fans for being so amazing,” he said.
A CPS spokesman last night confirmed: “We have received a Victims’ Right to Review request.” Guidelines suggest a review would normally take six weeks.
A spokesman for Sir Cliff declined to comment last night.
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