Michael Barrymore has issued a recent denial over any involvement within the drowning of a person in his swimming pool 19 years in the past forward of a brand new documentary exploring the unexplained loss of life.
The 67-year-old posted a video on Twitter addressing Channel 4’s upcoming programme, on account of air on Thursday night time, which he mentioned the broadcaster had not allowed him to observe.
Barrymore: The Physique In The Pool has promised to shed new gentle on the March 2001 loss of life of Stuart Lubbock, 31, who was discovered on the entertainer’s Essex dwelling throughout a celebration.
Barrymore, who was arrested over the loss of life in 2007 however has by no means been charged, maintains he is “100% harmless” and mentioned in his video assertion that he was being unfairly handled.
He mentioned: “I’ve had nothing to do with this in any respect and but I preserve getting bashed and bullied by the media.”
Barrymore, who starred on Dancing On Ice final 12 months, was one of many UK’s best-known TV presenters when Mr Lubbock was found at his then dwelling in Roydon.
Mr Lubbock’s father Terry has advised Barrymore it’s “time to both clear your identify or put your palms up”, having spent years looking for solutions over the loss of life – together with a failed bid for a brand new inquest.
Barrymore mentioned on Twitter his “heartfelt sympathies are with the Lubbock household and I actually hope they discover peace”.
He added: “It’s for that motive that I’ve always pressed for an impartial police drive to look at every part to do with the case and attain a correct conclusion, and I shall proceed to take action.”
Barrymore additionally quoted Essex Police in his video, saying he had nothing to do with the loss of life and that there was no proof linking him to the pool or the accidents suffered by Mr Lubbock.
He mentioned: “The reality is that I’ve at all times finished every part anybody has requested of me and have cooperated with everybody.”
Barrymore mentioned he could remark additional as soon as the documentary has aired, however inspired individuals to observe earlier interviews he has finished relating to the nonetheless mysterious incident.
As I’ve made clear to everybody, I am unable to remark as a result of Channel Four are refusing to point out it to me and even let me know what it comprises,” he mentioned.
“Nevertheless, I’ll say to anybody who want to get to the reality of the matter that they need to watch the ITV interview that I did final 12 months with Piers Morgan. He went into every part and left no stone unturned.”
Essex Police’s Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings has advised the Channel Four programme he believes Mr Lubbock was “raped and murdered that night time”, saying he could have been held down.
The officer mentioned Mr Lubbock’s accidents have been too extreme to have been consensual or self-inflicted and that – on the “stability of chances” – it was “seemingly multiple particular person was concerned”.
Essex Police and Crimestoppers at the moment are providing a £20,000 reward for data.