Barrymore faces cocaine and drink charges in court

Gay entertainer charged with possessing cocaine and being drunk and disorderly after a car crash.

Barrymore faces cocaine and drink charges in court
30 November 2011

Entertainer Michael Barrymore has been charged by British police with possessing cocaine and being drunk and disorderly after a car crash.

It is not clear if he was behind the wheel or a passenger of the Citroen DS3 car which hit a kerb in Acton, west London at 4.30am on 22 November.

Another man was also arrested at the scene. Both have been bailed pending further enquiries and Barrymore is due to appear at Ealing Magistrates' Court in West London on 7 December.

Barrymore, aged 59, whose real name is Michael Parker, was one of Britain's most high-profile and highly paid TV presenters in the 80s and early 90s.
But his career floundered after he came out as gay in 1995 and split from his wife and manager Cheryl.

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