A government body that makes payments to the victims of violent crime has confirmed that the father of a young man found dead at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore is seeking compensation.
31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was discovered in Barrymore’s swimming pool after a party in March 2001.
Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
But a year after Mr Lubbock’s death, police decided no charges were to be brought against Barrymore or the other men.
The second arrest of Mr Barrymore in June this year came after audio recordings he made in preparation for a possible biography were seized by police from the home of agent Tony Cowell.
In the conversations with Mr Cowell, Barrymore discussed the events of the night Mr Lubbock died. However, it was decided in September that no charges would be brought against him.
Now Stuart’s father Terry Lubbock is asking for £10,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to compensate his suffering and financial losses.
Last year he accused the TV entertainer of a PR stunt to revive his celebrity status.
Mr Lubbock felt exploited after meeting the star and allegedly forgiving him over his son’s death.
He told the Daily Mirror he had only met Mr Barrymore to get answers about the incident but feels he was the object of a charm offensive.
The grief stricken father says he felt like he was being dissuaded from pursuing a private prosectuion against Mr Barrymore, he said:
“All he was interested in was using me to get back on TV. Next time I want to see him is in court.”