Detectives investigating Stuart Lubbock’s murder have arrested a 50-year-old man in Cheshire, Essex police said.
Lubbock, 31, died in March 2001 after a party at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore, 68.
In a statement, Essex Police said: “Today, Wednesday March 17th, detectives arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with the indecent attack and murder of Stuart Lubbock.
“The man arrested in Cheshire is being held where he will continue to be questioned.
“Stuart was found unconscious in the swimming pool of a property in Roydon on March 31, 2001. Despite attempts to rescue him, he later died in hospital. The 31-year-old had attended a party at the house with eight other people.
“An autopsy revealed that Stuart suffered horrific anal injuries that are believed to be the result of serious sexual assault prior to his death.”
Last year, the emotional Michael Barrymore battled the tears of Good Morning Britain when he gave his first interview since the recently aired Channel 4 program about the death of Stuart Lubbock.
Speaking to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Barrymore was visibly emotional at one point in the interview and had to apologize for his broken voice.
Barrymore also spoke of his frustration that he was constantly “kicked in the teeth” because of the tragedy.
In 2018, Channel 4, in partnership with the Lubbock family, commissioned an independent documentary based on the Leveson trial to re-investigate what had happened the night of Stuart’s death.