Michael Barrymore to sue Essex Police for £20 million

News / Wed 31st Jan 2018 at 08:28am

Michaell Barrymore

MICHAEL Barrymore is suing the police for £20million after claiming his wrongful arrest cost him a job on Strictly reports the Daily Star.

The ex-Strike It Lucky presenter was detained on suspicion of murder and sexual assault.

His arrest came six years after the death in 2001 of Harlow man Stuart Lubbock, who drowned during a party at Mr Barrymore’s home.

He was released without charge, but the arrest effectively ended his TV career.

Essex Police admitted last year his detention was unlawful as the officer involved did not have reasonable grounds to suspect he was guilty of a crime.

Mr Barrymore’s lawyers now plan to seek eight-figure damages for lost earnings.

He believes if he had not been arrested he would have been a top candidate for roles such as the host of Strictly.

Mr Barrymore, 65, will compare his loss of income to the bumper salaries of I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec, who have a £30m three-year deal.

A 2002 inquest into Mr Lubbock’s death recorded an open verdict after hearing he suffered severe internal injuries and may have been the victim of a sexual assault.

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