SIR CLIFF RICHARD ABUSE CLAIMS TWIST AS ACCUSER CHALLENGES DECISION NOT TO CHARGE STAR.
Sir Cliff Richard’s abuse claims hell continues as one of his accusers has challenged the decision not to prosecute him.
Evidence against the star, 75, is being reviewed – two months after the case was dropped. He will learn whether that decision is upheld in the coming weeks.
It comes just days after the Mirror revealed the star, 75, has finally recovered from his two years of hell as the claims were investigated before being dropped in June.
Prosecutors announced in June that there was “insufficient evidence” to charge the star.
It took senior Crown Prosecution Service lawyers just a few weeks to reject the evidence collected by South Yorkshire detectives over 22 months, raising concerns over the handling of the investigation.
The CPS examined evidence from four men who claimed offences took place between 1958 and 1983.
But earlier this month one of the men asked for the decision to be reviewed.
Sir Cliff was told of the challenge a short time before the death of his sister Donna Goulden, 73, following a long illness.
With his other sisters Joan, 66, and Jacqui, 68, Donna was a rock to her famous brother.
Her death brought fresh heartache to Sir Cliff just a year after close friend Cilla Black died aged 72 after a fall at her villa in Spain.
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Cilla had been another loyal supporter to the star during one of the toughest periods of his life.
Now his agony looks set to go on – just days after the Mirror told how Sir Cliff seemed to be bouncing back as he met adoring fans at his vineyard in the Algarve, Portugal.
The star said: “I’m back to my best. I’m OK, everything will be OK. I want to thank all my fans for being so amazing. They have been incredible.”
After the claims were dropped Sir Cliff said he was “obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close”.
But he said the fact he was named in the media, despite not being charged, meant he had been “hung out like live bait”.
He is reportedly considering taking legal action after the BBC televised live a police raid on his house in August 2014.
Sir Cliff, who was never arrested or charged, said his reputation will not be fully vindicated because the CPS have not said he is innocent.
He added: “How can there be evidence for something that never took place!”
Guidelines suggest that a review would normally take six weeks.
A CPS spokesman last night confirmed: “We have received a Victims’ Right to Review request.”
The Right to Review scheme, introduced in 2013, victims can appeal against a decision not to bring charges or to discontinue a case once a prosecution has begun.
The CPS appeals unit is currently examining the case papers.
In June South Yorkshire Police apologised “wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused” to the star by their “initial handling of the media interest” in its investigation.
It said nine men had made allegations but five of the cases did not reach the threshold necessary for them to be considered by the CPS.
A spokesman for Sir Cliff declined to comment tonight