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The death of Stuart Lubbock: Michael Barrymore sues the police

by | 8th, July 2015

barrymore sues police Michael Barrymore is no, “alright”. The former stalwart of light entertainment TV is on the front page of the Mirror . He’s suing police over the matter of Stuart Lubbock’s death.

Father-of-two Stuart Lubbock, 31, died at Barrymore’s then home in Roydon, Essex in March 2001. His body was found in the swimming pool. Forensic reports suggested Mr Lubbock had been sexually assaulted. He had severe internal injuries.

At an inquest, the coroner recorded an open verdict. Pathologists said they could not be certain he had drowned.

No-one has been charged over Stuart Lubbock’s death.

Michael Barrymore was arrested. He was released without charge. The incident damaged his name. And now he’s seeking damages for “the harm to his reputation and money-spinning career which collapsed following the death of Stuart Lubbock”.

The paper harks back:

He had met Barrymore at a nightclub in Harlow, also in Essex, earlier that evening before going back to his house for an all-night party. Barrymore, 63, fled the scene after the death, later claiming he had panicked and wasn’t trying to hide.

The former Strike It Lucky host, who told Jeremy Kyle last year that he once tried to kill himself, controversially refused to answer any questions about the tragedy at an inquest, after taking legal advice.

The inquest heard traces of cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol were in the victim’s body.

In 2002 ITV failed to renew the entertainer’s £2million a year contract.

He moved to New Zealand, filed for bankruptcy after a £1million-plus tax demand and later tried to resurrect his career in Britain by appearing in Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Barrymore – whose real name is Michael Parker – was one of four men arrested on suspicion of serious sexual assault and murder in 2008 following a review of the police investigation, but all were later released without charge.

 

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