Who is Michael Barrymore's ex-partner Jonathan Kenney?

JONATHAN Kenney was the partner of TV star Michael Barrymore at the time of Stuart Lubbock’s death in March 2001.

Kenney was arrested by Essex Police following Lubbock’s death at the time, along with two other men, but none of them were charged.

Who is Jonathan Kenney?

Kenney worked as a drag queen at the time of Stuart Lubbock’s death.

He was also Michael Barrymore’s boyfriend at the time.

The pair had gone out to the Millennium nightclub in Harlow on the night of the tragedy in March 2001.

He was never charged and told the inquest the last time he saw Lubbock he was jumping into the pool at Barrymore’s house.

Kenney told the inquest he had been in the hot tub with Justin Merritt but they had got out to go upstairs.

He said he had seen Lubbock splashing about in the pool.

Barrymore told the inquest he had called Kenney after the body had been discovered because he knew he had life-saving experience.

He was unable to revive him and the dad-of-two was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Kenney, now 50, works as a coach driver and is in a long-term relationship with someone else.

Who was at Michael Barrymore's house when Stuart Lubbock died?

Michael Barrymore had nine guests at his house party after they had been out clubbing.

Along with Stuart Lubbock, other revellers included Kenney and Justin Merritt.

All three were arrested as part of the murder probe into Lubbock's death, but they were all released without charge.

Barrymore has vehemently denied having anything to do with Lubbock's death.

The five others who were at the party were Merritt’s younger sister Kylie, chef James Futers, and locals Simon Shaw, Claire Jones, then 17, and Kelly Campbell.

What happened to Stuart Lubbock?

Lubbock had been clubbing with his brother Kevin when he met Barrymore and his friends and was invited back to an after-party at the TV star’s £2million home.

The brothers had become separated with Kevin assuming Stuart had gone home with someone.

Lubbock was found unconscious in the pool just before daybreak.

He was rushed to hospital but tragically died – with his cause of death still undetermined two decades on.

A post-mortem found Lubbock had suffered “horrific” internal injuries and medical experts told a 2002 inquest that he may have been the victim of a serious sexual assault.

Alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine were found in his bloodstream.

The exact cause of death has never been fully explained.

Essex Police confirmed a man had been arrested in Cheshire on March 17, 2021, over Lubbock's death at Michael Barrymore's home in Roydon. 

What has Jonathan Kenney said about Stuart Lubbock's death?

Kenny has never made a public statement on the case other than the testimony he gave at the inquest.

The Sun exclusively reported in February 2020 that Kenney had told friends he had a “good time” at the party.

A pal said: I’ve been out with John before and when John’s had a drink he does talk about what happened.

“He always says the same thing — ‘we all had a really good time’. But I have no idea what he means.”

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