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Sunday 16th December 2018

Cliff Richard shocks Loose Women viewers with controversial comment about guilty offenders

Not many watching at home agreed with him

Cliff Richard has said he agrees with the quote "would rather 10 guilty people escape than one innocent man suffer".

During an appearance on Tuesday's Loose Women, Cliff spoke about how he's moving on after being wrongly accused of historic sexual abuse.

Cliff is promoting new music (credit: ITV)

The four panellists - which comprised Andrea McLean, Melanie Brown, Jane Moore, and Cliff's old friend Gloria Hunniford - were discussing his devoted fans.

Gloria told him: "You must've loved the loyalty over the last four years, especially," and the 78-year-old replied: "It's been absolutely fantastic actually. To know that people love you is nice, to feel it is even nicer.

"And I've relied heavily on family and friends, and obviously fans."

They talked about Cliff's abuse allegations (credit: ITV)

Jane said they'd had two or three people on the show who've been falsely accused, adding: "And the pressure on them is tangible."

I had to keep replaying to see if I misheard

Cliff replied: "There's not just a few of them [falsely accused], there's an army of us. I've had so many letters, some people have spent two years in prison and been innocent.

"And that's the danger - if we don't change the law, it's going to keep on happening to innocent people.

Cliff is planning his next chapter (credit: ITV)

He added: "When I was in court with the BBC, I saw a quote that I loved from a Judge Blackstone from way back, which said, 'I would rather ten guilty people escape than one innocent person suffer.'"

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Instead of being challenged, Cliff was applauded by the panel and the studio audience leaving some viewers watching at home in shock.

The studio audience applauded his comment (credit: ITV)

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One wrote: "Cliff Richard is a complete [bleep], what a disgusting thing to say. Doesn't care though, won't affect him as he doesn't have kids."

Another added: "I had to keep replaying to see if I misheard but Cliff Richard really did say with his chest on #LooseWomen this morning that he would rather 10 guilty sex offenders walk free than an innocent man convicted 😳 disgusting."

A third blasted: "Cliff Richard saying he’d have 10 guilty sex offenders go free so 1 innocent doesn’t get accused wrongly is so stupid."

A fourth called it: "The most flawed logic I have ever heard #LooseWomen."

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