By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published: 23:09 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 23:09 GMT, 1 March 2019
Sir Cliff Richard is demanding another £1.5million from the BBC to go towards his legal costs after he won an invasion of privacy case last year.
He was awarded £210,000 in damages and the licence fee-funded BBC later agreed to pay £850,000 of his legal costs.
He took them before justices after they were tipped off about a police raid on his home in Berkshire in 2014 and broadcast footage from a police helicopter.
South Yorkshire Police had sought to follow up an allegation of sexual misconduct in 1985 - though he was never arrested or charged.
Cliff Richard arriving at the Rolls Building in London, as a High Court judge prepared to analyse evidence ahead of the battle at the High Court
The BBC broadcasting house in London, the public broadcaster could see their costs rise to more than £2m
The Mirror revealed the pop sensation was after further compensation after his company Balladeer Limited stated in their accounts: 'The company has incurred legal costs in defending the reputation of Sir Cliff Richard.
'The final award in respect of costs in relation to this case has not yet been determined by the court and so it is impractical to include an estimate of this amount within these accounts.'
If Sir Cliff were to pursue them for the reported amount their final bill could reach well over an eye-watering £2m.
The police raid, which emerged after an exclusive tip off by officers and led to a TV helicopter being flown in, was part of a 2014 investigation into historical child sex allegations - but Sir Cliff was not arrested or charged.
Sir Cliff suggested that senior BBC executives deserved to lose their jobs for putting him through ‘the most horrible thing that’s ever taken place in my life’.
After winning a landmark court battle over the broadcaster’s coverage of a police raid on his home, the singer said a handful of BBC managers had acted as his ‘judge, jury and executioner’.
Sir Cliff wept with relief in August after a judge ruled that the BBC had seriously infringed his privacy with its ‘sensationalist’ reporting of a historic child sex claim against him.
The broadcaster named the 77-year-old star as the subject of a police investigation - which was dropped two years later without Sir Cliff ever facing arrest or charge - and used a helicopter to cover the search of his home.
Although the ruling sparked jubiliation among Sir Cliff’s supporters, it led to warnings from lawyers that it risked undermining journalists’ ability to report police investigations.
The BBC claimed it represented a ‘significant shift against Press freedom’, while experts suggested that it could enable criminal suspects