Chris Saltrese backs Sir Cliff Richard over controversial historic abuse comments
- November 28, 2018
- Chris Saltrese
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Solicitor Chris Saltrese has backed Sir Cliff Richard after the veteran singer said there was an “army” of people falsely accused of historical sex abuse.
Appearing on Loose Women, Sir Cliff also said he would rather see 10 guilty predators evade justice than have one innocent person suffer a wrongful accusation. He was referring to Blackstone’s ratio, from William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.
Chris Saltrese specialises in defending contested sexual offence allegations. Reacting to criticism of the singer’s comments, Chris Saltrese said:
“Sir Cliff is quite right to draw attention to the plight of the falsely accused. The scale of this problem is simply not appreciated by the general public who would be appalled at the ease with which the innocent can be imprisoned on the back of false allegations of abuse.
“William Blackstone’s cherished dictum that ‘it is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer’ has underpinned our criminal law for centuries; it is part and parcel of the presumption of innocence and the protection of our liberty.”
Speaking about moving on with his life after being wrongly accused of historical sex abuse, Sir Cliff also said the law needed to change to protect the innocent.
He won a High Court privacy battle with the BBC early this year over its coverage of a 2014 police search of his home. He has never been charged with any offence.