Jim Davidson has come under fire after saying former musician Gary Glitter was “ready to start a new life” and “remorseful”.
Glitter, 77, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 after being convicted of indecent assault on young girls.
Comedian Davidson, 67, made the controversial remarks during a recent interview with the Dorset Echo, revealing that he had previously visited Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – in prison in 2019.
He told the publication: “I spoke to Paul during my visit to Verne two years ago. He has remorse and he seemed ready to start a new life.
Following his comments, social media users took to Twitter to share their thoughts, with many lambasting Davidson for his opinion.
One of them tweeted: “I didn’t think Jim Davidson could get any worse, but now he’s defending Gary Glitter.”
Another wrote: “Having Jim Davidson as a spokesperson must be the one thing that could further damage Gary Glitter’s reputation.”
“Davidson should stay out of this one,” one user suggested. “There are some offenders who don’t deserve a second chance because we risk our children… it’s never worth it.”
He would be eligible to spend days in the community after a possible move, The sun reported. He would then be eligible for full release by February 2023.
A source told the newspaper the singer was “smiling from ear to ear” at the news.
Governors apparently viewed him as posing little risk to the public, but Justice Secretary Robert Buckland could block the move.
Glitter was convicted of historic sexual assaults at his height in the 1970s, including the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl.
He had previously been jailed in Vietnam for sex crimes against young girls.
If released, Glitter would still be on conditions and could be recalled to jail for the remainder of his sentence. He will also remain on the sex offender registry for life.
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