Jim Davidson has come under criticism after being quoted as saying convicted pedophile Gary Glitter is “remorseful” and ready to start “a new life”.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was jailed for 16 years for attempted rape, illegal sex with a girl under 13 and four counts of indecent assault in 2015.
He is currently being held at HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, but it has been reported that he may soon be transferred to an open prison.
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Comedian Davidson told Dorset Echo that he spoke to the 77-year-old singer during his visit to the prison in 2019.
âI spoke to Paul when I visited Verne two years ago,â he said. “He has remorse and he looked ready to start a new life.”
He apparently commented on Glitter as he spoke about Care After Combat, the charity he co-founded that has helped offenders.
The comments ruffled a few feathers on social media.
One person tweeted that they “can’t imagine” what the comic was thinking.
âDavidson should stay out of this one. There are some offenders who don’t deserve a second chance because we risk our kidsâ¦ it’s never worth it, âsaid another.
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One posted: “” He has remorse and he looked ready to start a new life, “Jim Davidson says of Gary Glitter, too bad his young victims are stuck with their life sentences. , no ‘new life’ opportunity for them. “
Yahoo has contacted Davidson representatives for comment.
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