PAEDO Gary Glitter has “remorse” and “ready to start a new life,” Jim Davidson said when it was revealed the pop star could be free in a matter of weeks.
Jim Davidson made the controversial remarks while on vacation in Weymouth, Dorset, near where Glitter is locked up.
The disgraced star, 77, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for raping and sexually assaulting girls.
The Sun revealed earlier this month that Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, could be transferred from Category C prison to an open and eligible prison to spend days in the community “in a few weeks”.
That would mean the ’70s star would then be eligible for a full release in February 2023.
Davidson, 67, who was vacationing on a luxury boat in the resort, said he spoke to Glitter during his visit to HMP Verne two years ago for the Care after Combat charity, with which he did ‘is more involved.
He said: “I spoke to Paul during my visit to Verne two years ago. He has remorse and he seemed ready to start a new life.”
The five-time-married star reportedly said in a 2012 interview that Glitter was a “big guy” and his crimes “came as a shock.”
Davidson also criticized the England Cricket Board’s “ridiculous” decision to suspend pitcher Ollie Robinson for historical racist and sexist tweets.
He said it was “unfair” to sanction him for comments made in 2013 when the bowler was 19.
He said: “The investigation of the offensive tweets is ludicrous.
“It’s unfair to dig into the past on someone and flaunt their point of view for something they said at the age of 19. His point of view probably would have changed in the past nine years.
“I think it was probably less talented cricketers who stitched it up.
“Let him throw the first stone without sin.
Glitter was scheduled to die in prison, but instead got the nod to move to an open and cozy prison.
Governors ruled that it presented a “low risk of harm to the public.”
Glitter has been officially informed by the governors of The Verne that he was nominated for his move last week.
The Sun understands that the only blockage could come from Justice Secretary Robert Buckland.
His pedophilia was first exposed in 1997 when he was caught with 4,000 images of child sexual abuse.
He fled to Cambodia, but was then ordered to leave on suspicion of child abuse.
Glitter was then locked up for three years in Vietnam for sex crimes against two girls aged ten and 11.
In 2015, he was convicted in London for indecent assault on a 12-year-old girl after a concert in 1977.
He also attempted to rape an eight-year-old girl in 1975 and indecently assaulted a 13-year-old.