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Barrymore sues police over arrest in connection with murder at his home

The former TV star says his arrest over Stuart Lubbock’s death ruined his career.

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FORMER TELEVISION PRESENTER Michael Barrymore is suing police in Essex over his arrest after an incident at his home in 2001 in which a man’s body was found in his swimming pool.

Stuart Lubbock was found dead in the pool after a party at Barrymore’s home in Roydon. They had met earlier that night in a club.

It emerged after post-mortem tests that the 31-year-old suffered severe internal injuries that indicated he had been sexually assaulted. Ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol were also found in his blood.

Barrymore probe report Handout image issued by the IPCC of a pool thermometer at the scene of the death of Stuart Lubbock at Michael Barrymore's home. Source: IPCC

Barrymore and two other men were arrested in 2007 on suspicion of serious sexual assault and murder but the Crown Prosecution Service later said the entertainer would not face charges. No one has ever been charged over the death of Stuart Lubbock.

According to the Essex Chronicle, Barrymore is claiming his arrest in 2007 ruined his TV career. He lodged a writ with the High Court this week.

Lubbock’s father Terry who has been campaigning for years to find out what happened to his son that night said he was “disgusted” by the news.

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