Sir Cliff took legal action against BBC bosses over coverage of a police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in Sheffield in the 1980s.
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Mr Justice Mann heard that in 2013 a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, claiming he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff during an Christian concert at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane football stadium in 1985, when he was a child.
Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014 and an investigation was launched.
Sir Cliff has always denied the allegation and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.
A BBC spokesman has said the broadcaster reported Sir Cliff's 'full denial of the allegations at every stage'.
South Yorkshire Police paid Sir Cliff £400,000 in an out-of-court settlement for their role in the coverage, after the force tipped off the BBC about the raid.