Sir Cliff Richard: BBC coverage of raid shocking and upsetting
Sir Cliff has started giving evidence in a High Court battle with the corporation.
Sir Cliff Richard has told a High Court judge that BBC coverage of a raid on his home was “shocking and upsetting”.
The 77-year-old singer has taken legal action over BBC coverage of the search, which was staged after a sex-assault allegation.
BBC bosses dispute his claims.
Mr Justice Mann began overseeing a trial at the High Court in London on Thursday.
Sir Cliff began giving evidence on Friday.
He said in a written statement: “It was shocking and upsetting.”
Sir Cliff said in his witness statement: “My health suffered, both mentally and physically.”
He added: “At one point … I actually thought I was going to have a heart attack or stroke.”