Michael Barrymore ‘raw with anger’ over viewers ‘not accepting he’s innocent’

But he is hoping his stint on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories will help him make a comeback. 

The 67-year-old star was one of telly’s biggest entertainers fronting shows such as Strike It Lucky and My Kind Of People. 

But his career nosedived in 2001 when during a drug-fuelled party at his Essex home one of the guests, Stuart Lubbock, was found dead in his swimming pool. 

Barrymore was detained on suspicion of his rape and murder but was released without charge. However, he claims it destroyed his career and now still haunts him. Morgan said: “He had everything and then lost it all.

“He lost his marriage and career, and nearly lost his livelihood, but ultimately was never convicted in relation to any of the events people know him for. He feels raw anger that he’s not been allowed to rebuild his career, because people don’t want to accept that he was an innocent man. 

“It will be the most powerful show we’ve ever aired. 

“Michael showed us what made him the most popular guy in TV.” 

It comes after we revealed earlier this month that Barrymore has been taking acting lessons in a bid to land a top drama role. 

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