Michael Barrymore succeeded a lawsuit against police

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The comedian whose career was damaged by his wrongful arrest and fake accusations of murder and rape finally reached justice. Barrymore is to get “more than nominal damages” for his spoiled reputation. The exact pay out to the gay star is yet to be confirmed, but his lawyers had asked for £2.5m in damages. Police already admitted the arrest was unlawful as the officer had not been fully briefed at the time. However they insisted that there might be another officer to detain the comedian. Father-of-two Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore’s pool in 2001. A murder case was opened in 2007, after police declared a brand new investigation in 2006. Earlier this month a leading detective declared that the death was “highly unlikely” to have been murder, but instead a tragic accident, because there was no motive for murder. Lubbock was found dead in a pool in Harlow, Essex, after an all-night party which started at a local club. His bloodstream contained ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol at the time of death, and he had anal injuries, although it is unlikely that it was a rape. The entertainer, who sued for £2.5m, “should get substantial damages”, his lawyer told the High Court earlier this year. Mr Barrymore was arrested six years later, after he relaunched his career with an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, when he came second. After the arrest, along with two others, he was released without charge.

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