It has been reported that Michael Barrymore is set to win his legal battle against Essex Police after the force reportedly admitted wrongly holding him in 2007 during an investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock.
Lubbock, a father-of-two, was found drowned in the pool at Barrymore's Essex home following a party in 2001. A post-mortem examination found he'd suffered "severe internal injuries indicating sexual assault," his blood containing ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol.
Barrymore was arrested along with two other men in 2007 on suspicion of murdering the 31-year-old and held for 36 hours, although the case against them was dropped due to insufficient evidence.
The TV personality, known for his work on TV programmes Kids Say The Funniest Things and My Kind Of Music, has always maintained his innocence. Last year, he launched a legal bid seeking "aggravated and exemplary damages" from Essex police for his "wrongful arrest and detention" which led him to suffer "loss and damage including distress, shock, anxiety and damage to his reputation".
The force has reportedly admitted he was wrongfully detained and questioned for murder, but wouldn't comment on this claim.
They told The Telegraph: "As the matter remains in litigation and is in the hands of lawyers, further comment would not be appropriate."