Barrymore takes legal action against police over his arrest

Former TV presenter was arrested over the death of Stuart Lubbock (31) at his home in 2007

File photograph from 2010 of  Michael Barrymore. The former British television star  is taking legal action against police over his arrest after the death of a man in his swimming pool, it has been reported.  Photograph:  Ian West/PA Wire

File photograph from 2010 of Michael Barrymore. The former British television star is taking legal action against police over his arrest after the death of a man in his swimming pool, it has been reported. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

 

Former British television star Michael Barrymore is taking legal action against police over his arrest after the death of a man in his swimming pool, it has been reported.

The Strike It Lucky star was arrested in June 2007 over the death of Stuart Lubbock (31) at his luxury home in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

But he and two other men arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and murder were later released without charge.

An inquest in 2002 recorded an open verdict, with medical experts telling the hearing that Mr Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries, suggesting he may have been the victim of a serious sexual assault.

Alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy were found in his system.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We cannot comment because of ongoing civil litigation.”

PA