Daniel O'Donnell says good friend Sir Cliff Richard was shaken by abuse allegations

Daniel holidayed with Sir Cliff after sex abuse claims went public

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Daniel O'Donnell says good friend Sir Cliff Richard was shaken by abuse allegations

Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell has spoken of the relief his good friend Sir Cliff Richard experienced after being cleared of sexual abuse allegations.
The 75-year-old British singer was exonerated of allegations of historical abuse in June this year.
His name was cleared after a high-profile two-year investigation.
The singer had always maintained his innocence throughout the police inquiry.
The BBC used a helicopter to film police live as they carried out a raid at the singer’s Berkshire home in 2014.
Speaking on The Late Late Show on RTÉ on Friday night, Daniel said Sir Cliff was annoyed at how the investigation had been conducted.
Daniel was asked by host Ryan Tubridy about the impact the sexual abuse allegations had on his good friend.
Daniel said Sir Cliff was very relieved that he had been exonerated.
“All the way through he was confident, but maybe always you have that feeling of what if this goes wrong? Or sometimes maybe things don't always work out the way that they should.”
He said Sir Cliff was annoyed about the way the investigation was conducted. “It’s not just the investigation, if there is any kind of allegation it needs to be investigated. But in his case his name was out there before there was any concrete evidence at all.”
Daniel, who was among a group of friends who took a holiday with Richard shortly after the allegations became public, said his friend was shaken by the experience. “It’s an incredible intrusion into his life too,” he said.
“Even though we look at Cliff and he looks so young and acts so young, but the reality is, he is 75. He just couldn't understand why he had been treated in that way.”
Daniel was speaking on The Late Late Show after taking a break from touring for 18 months.
During the break he and his wife Majella took a four-month tour around the world and he also took part in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing television programme.