SIR CLIFF RICHARD has been awarded a total of £210,000 damages from the British Broadcasting Corporation after they aired a police raid on his home in 2014.
Speaking to ITV's Julie Etchingham, Sir Cliff, 77, said: "They [senior managers] have to carry the can".
Mr Justice Mann oversaw a trial at the High Court in London during April and May and is scheduled to deliver a ruling on Wednesday.
The BBC heard about the police investigation and cut a deal with the South Yorkshire Police in which they agreed to delay breaking the story.
They said the coverage was accurate and in good faith.
"I have rejected the BBC's case that it was justified in reporting as it did under its rights to freedom of expression and freedom of the press", he said.
Mr Justice Mann said the BBC infringed the star's privacy rights in a "serious and sensationalist way".
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.
Mr Richard denied the allegation and was never arrested, and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.
"I would not want the same to happen to others whether in the public eye or not", Mr Richard said in a statement at the start of his case.
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She said reporting might encourage victims to come forward.
He thundered: "The BBC should never have spent license fee payers' money onthis, they should have issued a full and fulsome apology to Sir Cliff Richard at the beginning".
Britain's first home-grown pop star later said senior managers at the BBC "have to carry the can".
"I do not believe that this justification was much in the minds of those at the BBC at the time", he said in a ruling.
In his judgement, Mr Justice Mann said a suspect in a police investigation "has a reasonable expectation of privacy" and while Sir Cliff being investigated "might be of interest to the gossip-monger", there was not a "genuine public interest" case.
But the BBC said it would consider an appeal, saying the ruling "represents a dramatic shift against press freedom and the long-standing ability of journalists to report on police investigations".
The judgment, dubbed "Cliff's Law", could also make convictions harder to secure.
Lawyer Nicola Cain, who works at law firm RPC, said: "This is a landmark judgment in many ways, all of which are bad for the media".
She said it was an "issue for careful judgement" in which both police and media must recognise their responsibilities.
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