Michael Barrymore drops wrongful arrest claim ‘without payout’ | UK News




Michael Barrymore has agreed to cancel a compensation claim after he was arrested during an investigation into the death of a man at his home.

Barrymore, 67, was investigated following the death of Stuart Lubbock 18 years ago and sued Essex Police after claiming that a wrongful arrest devastated his career.

But the Court of Appeal concluded that he would be entitled to only “nominal” damages.

On Monday an Essex Police spokeswoman said the entertainer’s claim had now been discontinued by agreement and the force had not made any payment to him.

Barrymore, nor a lawyer who represented him, was available for comment.

Mr Lubbock’s father, Terry, 74, said: “That’s brilliant news. I’m raising my arms.

“I am still determined to get justice for Stuart. He was only 31 when he died. I am determined to hang on to the end for him.”

In a statement, Essex Police announced the latest development referring to Barrymore by his real name, Michael Parker.

It said: “Following a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in December 2018, and upon agreement having been reached by the parties, the High Court has ordered [by consent] that Mr Parker discontinues the entirety of his claim and all associated issues against the chief constable of Essex Police and that each party will bear its own costs in the proceedings,” said the statement.

Stuart Lubbock was found dead at Barrymore's home
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Stuart Lubbock was found dead at Barrymore’s home

“Essex Police has not made and will not make any payment to Michael Parker. We welcome the conclusion of this litigation.”

The statement added: “At the heart of this case remains the fact that the family of Stuart Lubbock continue to live with the pain of the unanswered questions surrounding his death on 31 March 2001.

“We continue to search for justice for Stuart’s family and would ask anyone who has information about his death to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It is never too late to do the right thing.”

Mr Lubbock was found dead after a party at Barrymore’s house in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

Drink and drugs had been consumed at the party and a post-mortem found Mr Lubbock suffered injuries as a result of sexual assault.

Barrymore began legal action against Essex Police after he was held for questioning in 2007, six years after the death of Mr Lubbock, a butcher from Harlow.

Barrymore was never charged with any offence.

During court hearings, he had valued his claim at more than £2.4m in lost earnings.

The Strike It Lucky star claimed wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

The force admitted the arrest was unlawful as the arresting officer did not have reasonable grounds to suspect Barrymore was guilty of any offence.

Essex Police said he was entitled to only a “nominal” payout, and appeal judges ruled in the force’s favour.

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