Michael Barrymore (BAZZA) the true comic genius adored by millions of Brits wins legal battle over wrongful pool death arrest
Michael Barrymore, the legend and genius of true British comedy and entertainment has won his claim that police wrongfully arrested him over the murder of a man found dead in his swimming pool, it has been reported.
Trolls, Cranks, Mad Hatters, Loons and Fruitcakes
Michael has had a rough time of it over the years on social media from maniac malicious trolls and the misinformed mad hatters and haters.
It comes at no great surprise to the millions who truly believe in Michael Barrymore as the comic genius and national treasure he is that at long last it seems all the cranks, loons and fruitcakes have been well and truly put back in their caves and kennels, and will probably be sharpening their twisted knives to attack some other innocent person as we write this very post.
Suing Essex Police
The entertainer is suing Essex Police for holding him in 2007 during an investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock, a father-of-two whose body was discovered following a party at Barrymore’s Essex home in 2001.
Barrymore was arrested along with two other men on suspicion of murdering the 31-year-old, although the case against them was dropped due to insufficient evidence.
According to the Daily Mirror the 64-year-old is seeking “aggravated and exemplary damages” for his “wrongful arrest and detention” which led him to suffer “loss and damage namely distress, shock, anxiety and damage to his reputation”.
The newspaper said lawyers for the television personality signed an agreement with Essex Police dated October 14 that in effect accepts he was wrongfully arrested and detained.
The newspaper said it had seen legal papers lodged at the High Court that state: “Judgment be entered for the Claimant [Barrymore] on the issue of liability.”
The final figure for any damages has been left for a judge to decide, the papers say.
Barrymore has not commented on Essex Police’s reported admission. He told a fan on Twitter: “As much as I can say for the minute is “Justice”,” adding later: “Only for legal reasons.”
Genius of the great Michael Barrymore
The comedian and television host born in London, 1952, under the name Michael Keiran Parker.
His mother was a song and dance entertainer, and his father left home when Barrymore was nine. After numerous children’s shows and the BBC quiz Get Set Go, his time came when he presented the madcap quiz Strike it Lucky which slowly evolved from a quiz into a showcase for his repartee with the general public.
He was married to his manager, Cheryl, for 21 years. In 1995, the tabloid newspapers forced him to ‘come out’.
In 1997, he appeared in the film Spiceworld, as Mr Step, and, in 2000, took on a comedy drama role, playing the eponymous troubled gameshow host in the ITV series Bob Martin(co-written with Bob Mills).
On 31 March 2001, a body was found at Barrymore’s house after he had held a party. The investigation and persistent allegations kept him off television screens for many years.
Michael Barrymore spent some time in New Zealand, but returned to the UK for Celebrity Big Brother 2006, where he finished second. He was linked with Challenge’s Take It Or Leave It programme, but did not secure the presenter’s job.
He lost his lucrative contract with ITV in 2002, having appeared regularly on television since the 1980s, following an inquest into the death that saw a coroner record an open verdict.
Mr Lubbock’s father, Terry, 71, told the Daily Mirror that the latest development did not provide “closure or justice” for him.
An Essex Police spokesman told the newspaper: “As the matter remains in litigation and is in the hands of lawyers, further comment would not be appropriate.”
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