P****phile Gary Glitter Freed From Prison After Only Serving Half His Sentence

Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has been released from prison after serving only half of his 16-year sentence.
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Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has been released from prison after only serving half of his sentence.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, is a disgraced singer who found fame during the Glam Rock era of the 1970s and 1980s.

He sold more than 18 million records and had hit songs with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Part 2′, ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me’, and ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’.

He has now been freed from jail after only serving half of his 16-year sentence for s**ually abusing three schoolgirls.

Watch as Gary Glitter’s song is controversially used in this iconic scene from Joker

Glitter was at the height of his fame when he preyed on the younsters.

He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room.

His third victim was less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and attacked her in 1975.

“It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour,” the judge said at the time.

His victims were left ‘profoundly affected’ by the abuse, the judge added.

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During sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said there was ‘no real evidence’ that Gadd had atoned for his crimes.

“You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind,” he stated (via BBC News).

Gary Glitter
Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has been released from prison after serving only half of his sentence. Credit: Alamy

Gadd denied the allegations against him, however, he was found guilty following a three-week trial.

The disgraced star reportedly left HMP The Verne – which is a low-security category C prison in Portland, Dorset – on February 3.

He will now be subject to licence conditions.

Despite being behind bars, Gadd made headlines in 2019 amid the release of Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The film came under fire from cinemagoers for using the singer’s ‘Rock and Roll Part 2’ track in a pivotal scene where Phoenix walks down steps.

“There is no f***ing way they put Gary Glitter’s music in the new Joker movie,” one viewer raged.

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Another added that they were ‘so beyond disgusted’ with the choice.

“Kind of wild how they used Gary Glitter’s song the Joker,” a third remarked.

While a fourth said: “That Gary Glitter soundtrack for the Joker is disgusting.”

Following criticism, the track’s label Snapper Music – which is based in England – spoke out and said that Gadd wouldn’t make any royalties from the song being used.

According to The New York Times, the label said ‘he is not entitled to, nor have we paid, any royalties’.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.