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Barrymore facing pool death case
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Michael Barrymore is taking part in Celebrity Big Brother
A judge has granted a former solicitor permission to bring a private prosecution against Michael Barrymore in connection with a man's death.

Stuart Lubbock, 31, died after being found unconscious in Mr Barrymore's swimming pool in Essex in March 2001.

Anthony Bennett will bring six charges which relate to the supply and possession of drugs, and assault.

Mr Barrymore is a Celebrity Big Brother contestant and its producers have been handed details of the prosecution.

At Epping magistrates on Monday, district judge John Greaves was given 77 pages detailing the charges.

The judge said that as this was an unusual case, it was proper that Mr Barrymore be informed of the action against him.

The six charges are: being drunk and disorderly, possession of a class B drug, supply of a class B drug, possession of a class A drug, supply of a class A drug and assaulting Stuart Lubbock.

Mr Bennett is in discussion with Stuart Lubbock's father, Terry, and travelled to Elstree studios on Monday to hand the papers to the producers of the Celebrity Big Brother programme to hand on to the contestant.

Now the details have been delivered a court date can be set.

See legal papers being delivered to Big Brother house

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