Michael Barrymore fought back tears as he pleaded his innocence over the death of Stuart Lubbock again during Good Morning Britain today.
The 67-year-old hit back at the Channel 4 documentary, Barrymore: The Body in The Pool, which aired last month bringing the tragedy back to the surface and back in the headlines.
Barrymore slammed the film as ‘vicious’ and once again stressed he has nothing to do with Lubbock’s murder and has no information to offer. He also accused Lubbock’s father Terry of using the presenter for ‘publicity’ claiming the 74-year-old knows he’s innocent.
However, the popular entertainer of the 90s choked up when he began thanking his fans and slamming Twitter trolls, who he dubbed ‘Poundshop detectives’.
‘I’m sorry, I didn’t want this to happen,’ he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. ‘The only reason I got through the last 19 years is because of the massive support out there from fans and my close mates and my fans are my close mates. They grew up with me and they know I’m not a wrong’un.
‘They, through their support, not through Twitter street – you now, the Poundshop detectives who take a bit of this and bit of that with a celeb who needs another kicking.
‘How many times am I supposed to be kicked?’
‘I’m not looking for sympathy,’ he continued. ‘I’m a big boy am going to hold my head up.’
Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore’s swimming pool aged 31 during a party back in 2001. As it stands, there have been no charges for Lubbock’s death with a murder investigation still ongoing.
None of the guests at Barrymore’s home have come forward with any information and continue to stress they know nothing.
The Strike It Lucky host called on a fresh investigation into Lubbock’s death from an independent police force.
Essex police have said: ‘Essex Police statement: Stuart Lubbock was a young father and much-loved son who remains at the heart of the case. His family wants answers and we will continue to do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.
‘On 31 March 2001 nine people attended a party at Michael Barrymore’s house. One of them, Stuart, ended up being violently sexually assaulted at that party.
‘Someone at the party was responsible for what happened. Someone knows that happened. Other people arrived at the scene in the houses after Stuart’s death. Individuals at the party might have told others what happened.
‘We would urge people who do have information to come forward. 19 years is a long time, loyalties change and it’s never too late to do the right thing.’
Channel 4 released a statement which read: ‘The documentary was balanced and explored Mr Barrymore and the Lubbock family’s treatment by the press.
‘In accordance with the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, Mr Barrymore was given a fair opportunity to respond to significant allegations and his position was fairly reflected in the documentary.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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