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Barrymore meets pool death father
Terry Lubbock
Terry Lubbock had attempted to get questions to Barrymore
The father of a man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool told the entertainer he did not blame him for the death, according to reports.

Terry Lubbock, whose son Stuart died five years ago, met Barrymore after he left Celebrity Big Brother on Friday.

The pair discussed the events of March 2001 at the star's former Essex home.

Meanwhile, the man seeking to bring a private prosecution against Barrymore over the death has said the meeting will not stop him.

According to the Sun, Terry Lubbock told Barrymore: "I don't hold you responsible for Stuart's death, I never have.

Michael Barrymore
Barrymore came second in Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother

"I don't believe you had anything to do with what happened to him."

Stuart Lubbock Trust chairman Harry Cichy said of the meeting: "It was a good move that he was going to meet Barrymore. Terry was very keen to meet with him."

But Tony Bennett, who is personally trying to bring a private prosecution against Barrymore, said he would continue with his action despite the meeting.

While Barrymore was in the Channel 4 house, a judge granted permission for Mr Bennett to bring the legal action.

He served an application alleging six offences - four relating to the misuse of drugs, one alleging drunk and disorderly behaviour and one alleging assault on Stuart Lubbock.

"Nothing that's appeared in the Sun or any newspaper has dissuaded me from continuing," he told the BBC News website.

"Based on the facts and evidence as I know them nothing has persuaded me to change that."

'Good evidence'

When asked if he would drop the prosecution if Terry Lubbock asked him to, Mr Bennett said: "I would reconsider my position."

"But you must remember that I provided good evidence to the court," he added.

I hope that my application stimulates a search for the truth
Tony Bennett

Mr Bennett stressed the action was "my own initiative" and that he was not representing the Lubbock family.

Evidence from the night of Stuart Lubbock's death, made available at the inquest, had not been seen by the CPS, he said.

"I would be very happy if those involved told the truth and brought the family some closure.

"I hope that my application stimulates a search for the truth."

The family has campaigned for more information since an open verdict was recorded on the death of the 31-year-old father of two.

They had also attempted to sue Barrymore for 100,000, accusing him of breach of care, but the case stalled.

In 2003 the Essex coroner said the inquest had failed to establish a definite cause of death.

Three out of the four pathologists who gave evidence at the inquest could not say that he had definitely drowned in the pool.

Stuart Lubbock also had a significant level of alcohol and drugs in his system and serious anal injuries, the inquest heard.

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