Entertainer Michael Barrymore should get substantial damages from Essex Police over the wrongful arrest which destroyed his career, the High Court has heard.
Mr Barrymore, 65, was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, who was found in the swimming pool at his Roydon home six years before.
Essex Police has now admitted the arrest was unlawful, as the arresting officer did not have reasonable grounds to suspect that Mr Barrymore was guilty.
But, it is contended that the comedian and TV presenter could have been lawfully arrested by another officer and that, as a result, he is only entitled to nominal damages.
Mr Barrymore's claim, including aggravated and exemplary damages, is in excess of £2.4 million.
His counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC, said that he had "great sympathy" for Mr Lubbock's family, and had always made it clear he would do whatever he could to assist them find out what happened.
Mr Tomlinson told Mr Justice Stuart-Smith that Mr Barrymore remained convinced that Mr Lubbock's injuries were not caused at his home but he did not know what happened.
Mr Tomlinson said that Mr Barrymore was entitled to substantial damages for false imprisonment.
Mr Barrymore is not due to give evidence during the five-day hearing, which is concerned with the issue of whether the damages should be substantial but will not fix a figure.