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.
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