Youngest victim of pedophile Gary Glitter who sexually assaulted her at age 10 sues



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A woman sexually assaulted by Gary Glitter when she was only ten is suing the pedophile pop star for redress.

The victim, believed to be the youngest child assaulted by Glitter while abroad, was repeatedly assaulted by the depraved singer when an aunt took her to his home in the Vietnamese coastal town of Vung Tau in 2005 .

A year later, the victim testified at Glitter’s trial – he was convicted of assaulting her and a 12-year-old girl, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Compensation battle: Woman assaulted by Glitter when she was only 10 when he assaulted her tries to get compensation from the singer

The glam rock star, who had a dozen UK Top Ten singles and sold over 20 million records, is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence in Britain for historic cases of sexual abuse committed here between 1975 and 1980.

The Vietnamese woman agreed to file her compensation claim in the High Court in London after a landmark case last year saw Douglas Slade, another British pedophile, ordered to pay £ 127,000 to five boys he had abused in the Philippines.

The woman is supported by two international child protection charities and she will testify at any future hearing via video link.

Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – amassed an estimated seven-figure fortune thanks to his success in the 1970s and 1980s and the sale of the rights to his old catalog in 1997.

He is believed to own an apartment in London which he is renting.

Express yourself: the victim still has nightmares about his ordeal that she revealed

Express yourself: the victim still has nightmares about his ordeal that she revealed

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday from the simple tin-roofed house she shares with her parents and brother in Vietnam’s rural Mekong Delta, Glitter’s victim, now 25, said: “I remember every detail of what he did to me. I still have nightmares about it now.

That’s why I never had a boyfriend. I’m afraid to have a relationship with anyone. I’m afraid what happened to me will happen again. I’m also afraid that if I get close to someone, they’ll find out about my past and leave me.

As a terrified youngster, she was forced to spend three nights in bed with Glitter, after paying her aunt £ 58. Her parents – a construction worker and market trader – were always too ashamed to tell other family members about their daughter’s ordeal or to seek advice for her.

The victim said: “If this had never happened, I would have been married by now.

“I have a lot of old school friends who are married and have two or three children. They have their own families but I am alone.

Sentenced: Glitter was thrown behind bars for three years for assaulting her with a 12-year-old girl

Sentenced: Glitter was thrown behind bars for three years for assaulting her with a 12-year-old girl

As a girl, she was among the brightest students in her class at school, and her family hoped she would go to college.

Instead, the psychological damage from Glitter’s assaults caused her to drop out of school at the age of 14.

She first worked as a farm laborer and now earns around £ 50 a month as a beautician providing hair and makeup services.

The compensation case is being led by the Preda Foundation, a Philippines-based organization that supports victims of child sexual abuse and has taken legal action against Slade.

The 78-year-old was a founding member of the infamous Pedophile Information Exchange, which campaigned for the abolition of the age of consent in the 1970s and 1980s. Preda works with Jubilee Campaign, a UK charity for children. children, who liaises with lawyers to submit the woman’s claim.

Father Shay Cullen, President of the Preda Foundation, said: “The heinous crime of child rape in countries like Vietnam and the Philippines is a black mark on the face of humanity.

“The victims continue to suffer because they receive little or no psychological help and are generally ignored.

“Thousands of children are sexually abused by wealthy foreign pedophiles and sex tourists who flee to their home countries. We must enforce criminal and civil laws to achieve justice for children.

After his arrest in Vietnam in 2005, Glitter, now 75, was at risk of being charged with child rape, a felony punishable by death. However, the families of his victims were each given £ 1,500 from Glitter’s lawyer in exchange for signing documents that reduced the charges against him from rape to assault.

Speaking for the first time, the mother of Glitter’s victim said she still felt guilt and anger over what had happened.

“They told me it was an arrangement for Glitter to pay my daughter’s tuition and go to college, but it was a lie – it was just a ruse so he could escape to justice, ”she said.

“He should have gone to jail longer for what he did.”

After years of suffering, the Glitter victim has modest ambitions for the future.

“If I get compensation, I might like to open my own beauty salon,” she said. “I want to be able to take care of my younger brother until he’s grown up and married. So maybe I can help take care of her children.

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