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Gary Glitter’s Disgraced Glam Rock Star Status After Prison Release

Paul Gadd, better known as Gary Glitter, rose to fame in the 1970s as a popular musician who sold over 18 million records by 1975. He was known for his outrageous clothing, big hair, and platform heels. His career was destroyed when he was convicted of child sex abuse in 2015 and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Gary was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1944 and raised by his grandmother and mother. He began performing as a singer in clubs as a teenager, but his attempts to break into the charts were unsuccessful. It was during the glam era when he changed his name to Gary Glitter and released his first single, Rock’n’Roll (parts one and two), which hit number two in the UK charts and topped the US charts, selling over a million copies. He had a series of hits and remained popular until the 1990s.

In 1999, Gary was sentenced to four months in prison after admitting to possessing a collection of 4,000 hardcore photographs of children being abused. After his release, he travelled to Spain, Cuba, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was arrested in 2012 under Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, and was charged with eight counts of sexual offences, which later became 10. In 2015, he was found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

On Friday, Gary Glitter, now 78, was released from HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset after serving eight years of his sentence. He is now subject to licence conditions. His victim has vowed to take him to court after his early release.


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