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Barrymore filing for bankruptcy
Michael Barrymore
Michael Barrymore pulled out of a one-man London show last year
Entertainer Michael Barrymore has filed for bankruptcy, his agent has said.

His bankruptcy stems from a "surprise" tax bill accumulated over the past 10 years, agent Chrissy Smith said.

The 52-year-old star has had personal problems since the death of Stuart Lubbock, 31, in the pool of his Essex home in 2001.

An inquest reached an open verdict on Mr Lubbock's death, but his father is seeking to sue Barrymore for 100,000, saying he failed in his duty of care.

Terry Lubbock said he had no sympathy for the entertainer's predicament.

"It is good that he has filed for bankruptcy because that means the man is under even more pressure and he will have to meet me.

The man is under even more pressure and he will have to meet me
Terry Lubbock
"I want to know what happened to my son on that night. Barrymore has never explained it."

Clinic

Barrymore became one of the highest-paid earners on television by presenting shows such as Strike it Lucky, My Kind of People and Kids say the Funniest Things.

He announced he was gay in 1995 during a radio interview and subsequently separated from his Cheryl, who had also been his manager for 20 years.

One day after Mr Lubbock's death, Barrymore checked into the Marchwood Priory in Southampton, a clinic commonly used by celebrities battling addictions and depression.

Barrymore remained a popular TV presenter for 20 years
Barrymore's television career stalled as he subsequently lost his ITV contract - reportedly worth 2m - and was fired from its series My Kind of Music.

He began to rebuild his career last year, performing a live tour in New Zealand and Australia and filling a 2,300-seater venue on his first night.

But despite his Antipodean acclaim, people at home were still less willing to accept him back.

Last September Barrymore returned to the British stage with a one-man comedy show at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End.

Despite receiving a first night ovation, ticket sales were reportedly poor and he received some bad notices from critics.

Barrymore abandoned the show three nights into its planned seven-week run, citing "personal reasons" and the pressure of the previous two years.

He subsequently moved to New Zealand, where he is now a resident, amid press speculation that he faced a 1.4m tax bill.




SEE ALSO:
Police reject Barrymore claims
10 Dec 03  |  Essex
New Barrymore pool death inquiry
14 Jan 03  |  UK News
Barrymore attacked for 'empty words'
01 Oct 02  |  Entertainment
Barrymore: I'm no killer
30 Sep 02  |  Entertainment



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