Both were publicly disgraced
Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story has revealed shocking truths about the former TV presenter – once considered a ‘national treasure’ by the public. The documentary also briefly touched on the professional relationship between Savile and convicted felon Gary Glitter.
While Savile wasn’t declared a sex offender until 10 months after his death, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was arrested much earlier, in 1997.
The second episode of the Netflix documentary left many wondering about the bond between the pair. Was Savile aware of Paul Gadd’s crimes all the time?
Paul Gadd was an extremely popular rock artist between the 1970s and 1990s. Even in recent years, singers like Ke$ha have cited him as an influence, and his music is still used in movies like Joker.
After a 24-year career, Gadd was reported to the police for possession of child pornography; after a computer technician looked at his hard drive. He was arrested and then sentenced to four months in prison, after admitting to being in possession of more than 4,000 indecent images.
The public widely boycotted Gadd’s music after his conviction – as he was also placed on the sex offender register indefinitely. He fled the country in 2000 but faced further allegations of sexual assault by women and girls in 2006.
In 2012, ITV published their Jimmy Savile expose; which included never-before-seen allegations that Gadd sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the BBC dressing room in Savile.
Netflix’s latest documentary shows the disgraced former singer appearing on Clunk Click. He tells Savile, “I’m looking around, actually, to see if there’s anyone I like.”
To which Savile responds, “We’ve got some on the beanbags lined up for you,” pointing towards a group of girls. One of them was Karin Ward, the woman who alleged Savile raped her as a teenager.
As part of the Met Police’s Operation Yewtree, Gadd was charged with eight counts of historical sex offences. In February 2015, he was sentenced to an additional 16 years in prison.
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