Gary Glitter ordered to pay victim over £500,000

Disgraced singer Gary Glitter has been ordered to pay one of the women he abused a sum of over £500,000 in compensation.



Gary Glitter has been ordered to pay compensation to one of the women he abused
Gary Glitter has been ordered to pay compensation to one of the women he abused

Gary Glitter has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 to one of the women he abused.

The disgraced 79-year-old singer - who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls between 1975 and 1980 - was sued by a victim for damages, and he has how been ordered to pay her £508,800 in compensation.

Glitter - whose real name is Paul Gadd - was automatically released from jail in February 2023, but was recalled after breaching his licence conditions.

A High Court judge has ordered him to pay his victim after she said she was subjected to abuse "of the most serious kind".

Mrs Justice Tipples added that it had a "very significant adverse impact" on the victim's life.

Included in the payout is £381,000 for lost earnings, and £7,800 for future therapy and treatment.

Richard Scorer, Head of Abuse and Law at Slater and Gordon, acts for the claimant and insisted the award "goes some way to recognising" the impact on the victim.

He said: "In making this award the court has properly acknowledged the appalling abuse suffered by my client.

"Whilst no amount of money can make up for horrific sexual abuse, the award at least goes some way to recognising the devastation inflicted on my client throughout her childhood and adult life.

"Gadd’s refusal to engage with the process merely proves his utter lack of remorse, something we will be reminding the parole board about if he makes another application for early release.

"We will be pursuing Gadd for payment and will continue to support our client through this process."

In 2015, Glitter was convicted on one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

Justice officials released him last year to let him carry out the remaining half of his sentence on probation, but he was jailed within weeks for violating the terms of his protection.

His sentence is set to end in 2031.

At the time of sentencing nine years ago, Judge Alistair McCreath said there was no evidence Glitter had atoned for his actions.

He said: "I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear, in their different ways, they were all profoundly affected by your abuse of them.

"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."