Cliff Richard


Cliff Richard performs on stage at Manchester Arena on June 2, 2013 in Manchester, England.

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British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation.

Cliff Richard's House Searched in Sex Assault Investigation

A statement issued Sunday on behalf of Richard says the allegation that he assaulted a boy at a religious rally in Sheffield, northern England, in the 1980s is "completely false."

Police, who do not name suspects unless they are charged, said a 73-year-old man was interviewed under caution at a police station Saturday. He was not arrested.

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"Under caution" means the interview was recorded and could be used in future prosecutions.

Earlier this month police searched a house belonging to Richard near London after receiving what they called "an allegation of a sexual nature."

Richard was one of Britain's first rock stars in the 1950s and has recorded hit singles over the past six decades.