Sir Cliff Richard was yesterday cleared of any wrongdoing after child sex allegations against him were dropped.
The 75-year-old has always denied the charges, and cooperated with the police since they launched their investigation in 2014.
At the time the BBC filmed the raid on Sir Cliff’s home and was criticised by members of Britain’s parliament for doing so, saying that the act caused “irreparable damage” to the singer’s reputation.
However, after carefully reviewing the evidence allegedly linking him to sexual offences between 1958 and 1983, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
“I have always maintained my innocence, cooperated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point,” Sir Cliff wrote on his Facebook page.
“My reputation will not be fully vindicated because the [Crown Prosecution Service] policy is only to say something general about there being insufficient evidence.
“Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations [and] the resulting investigation have been finally brought to a close.”
Sir Cliff was once regarded as the United Kingdom’s version of Elvis Presley, and he has been the only UK singer to top the charts in each decade over a 50-year period.