During a hearing at Ealing Magistrates’ Court, West London yesterday, magistrates heard from police officers that when he was arrested, Barrymore – who was of course at the centre of another police investigation over the death of Stuart Lubbock at Barrymore’s home in 2001 – hurled foul mouthed abuse at the officers.
He reportedly said, “Don’t you think I’ve had enough f****** s*** off you lot over the years?”
And according to the Sun, The former Strike It Lucky host added, “I know the law” before refusing to say if he had been driving the car which had crashed into a pavement…
The paper adds, “After his arrest cops noticed a white substance in his mouth and found a small rock of white powder in his pocket. He tested positive for cocaine.”
Barrymore, whose real name is Michael Parker, was fined £780 after admitting possession of the drug.
He refused to comment to waiting press as he left the court yesterday, however, Stuart Lubbock’s dad Terry was outraged by what he sees as the leniency of the court’s decision.
He said, “Cocaine played a central part in my son’s death. A fine is a joke to a man of Barrymore’s means.”
And as you may have read here on Primetime, Barrymore’s mental health seemed to be in question when he appeared on Celebrity Coach Trip recently, with several of his fellow contestants claiming his behaviour on the show had been “odd”.
His Coach Trip co-stars Gary Cockerill and Phil Turner, said Barrymore is “damaged emotionally”.
Turner said, “Michael needs help really. He has gone through so much…
“So much has happened in his life that there has been enough to damage him emotionally.
“He must have enough money to enjoy life instead of trying to make a comeback.
“He tried to be a constant showman and tried to make jokes but they just weren’t funny. He was trying too hard to fit in with people.
“I can understand he is a gay man who stayed in the closet for most of his life. It was difficult for him.
“But I just hope he gets help. I hope he has people around him who can help.”