Cilla Black has said she is "absolutely positive" her close friend of more than 40 years Sir Cliff Richard is innocent over allegations he sexually abused an underage boy in the Eighties.
In a statement seen by the Daily Mail Cilla said: "Cliff is a very close friend of mine and has been for a million years.
"I, like everyone else, was shocked to hear of these allegations and I am absolutely positive that they are without foundation."
Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was raided by police last week while he was on holiday in Portugal.
He is believed to be returning to the UK shortly and has said he will fully co-operate with police.
More top news
The 12th series of X Factor kicks off on ITV this Saturday but which previous winners went on to make it big?
A mother and her four young children who are feared to be travelling to Syria are being sought by police.
Hangovers cannot be prevented, even by drinking water or eating after boozing, scientists have concluded.