Lawyers for Sir Cliff Richard have told the High Court the BBC’s coverage of a police raid on the singer’s home was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy.
The BBC is being sued over its footage showing officers searching the star’s Berkshire apartment in 2014 after a claim of historical sexual assault.
Sir Cliff, 77, was not charged with any offence and says he suffered “profound and long-lasting damage”.
The BBC argues its coverage was in the public interest.
It denies the singer had a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to the material broadcast.
In a written statement, Sir Cliff’s barrister, Justin Rushbrooke QC, said the BBC had used TV cameras to “spy into someone’s home” as South Yorkshire Police carried out their raid.
He said: “It is hard to encapsulate in words the sense of panic and powerlessness that must have been induced in him on 14 August 2014 when he realised that the BBC were relaying instantaneously and indiscriminately around the world highly sensitive and damaging information concerning himself – all based upon an allegation of serious criminal conduct which he knew to be entirely false.”