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Gary Glitter To Pay £508,800 In Damages To Abuse Victim

Gary Glitter To Pay £508,800 In Damages To Abuse Victim

Gary Glitter, the disgraced pop star convicted of sexual abuse, has been ordered to pay over £500,000 to one of his victims. The woman, who was 12 years old at the time of the abuse, sued Glitter in the High Court and was awarded £508,800 in damages.

 

The abuse, which occurred between 1975 and 1980, led to Glitter's 16-year prison sentence in 2015.

 

Victim Suffered "dramatic and terrible" impact of abuse 

High Court judge Mrs Justice Tipples emphasised the severity of the abuse and its lasting impact on the victim's life in her ruling. The compensation includes £381,000 for lost earnings and £7,800 for future therapy, acknowledging the victim's inability to work due to the trauma. 

 

The victim's barrister, Jonathan Metzer, highlighted the "dramatic and terrible impact" of the abuse on her education, work, and personal relationships.

 

The victim described feeling "totally ashamed" and resorted to extreme measures like using a pumice stone to scrub herself in an attempt to cope with the trauma.

 

Glitter shows no remorse during legal process

Glitter's refusal to engage with the legal process was noted as a sign of his lack of remorse. Richard Scorer of Slater & Gordon, representing the victim, stated that while no amount of money could undo the harm, the award recognized the devastation caused.

 

Scorer also mentioned they would remind the parole board of Glitter's lack of remorse in any future release applications.

 

Most recent trial adds to Glitter's history of sexual offences

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, has a history of sexual offences, including a 1999 conviction for possessing child pornography and a 2006 conviction for abusing young girls in Vietnam.

 

He was released from prison in February 2023 but was recalled within six weeks for breaching parole conditions by trying to access the dark web.

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