Netflix confirms three-part Gary Glitter documentary is in the works
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Netflix have confirmed they are working on a new documentary about Gary Glitter.
The streaming giant made the announcement yesterday, with the three-part series looking at the events leading to Glitter’s eventual arrest in Southeast Asia.
Whilst the series has yet to gain a release date, Netflix says that production has been 'underway for a number of months'.
Directed by Sam Hobkinson, the man behind mafia documentary Fear City, the series will focus on the singer’s life story to his conviction for child sex abuse and series of sexual offences.
The production company behind this new series, Voltage TV, were also behind ITV's 2021 documentary about Jimmy Saville, Savile: Portrait of a Predator.
Currently called Hunting Gary Glitter, it will also feature 'unseen photographs and archive footage' alongside interviews from those involved.
This includes many journalists who spent decades trying to bring Glitter’s crimes to light, as well as several of his victims.
At the height of his fame in the 1970s and 80s, Glitter attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them into his dressing room and isolating them from their parents.
His third victim was less than 10 years old when he tried to rape her in her bed in 1975.
And 40 years later, his crimes were brought to light when a computer technician found thousands of indecent images of children on his laptop.
He was then jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
Despite this, Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, has served less than 10 years for his crimes.
Prosecuted by the Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Yewtree, the 78-year-old was eventually sentenced to 16 years in jail.
However, Glitter has served less than half his total sentence at a low security prison and was released earlier this year – and is subject to strict licence conditions.
Gary Glitter's sexual offences:
A computer engineer discovers thousands of child porn images on Gadd’s laptop while servicing it.
Gadd is jailed for four months after pleading guilty to 54 offences of making indecent photographs of children under 16.
After serving two months in prison, the singer is freed and travels to Spain and then Cuba.
Gadd has a son with Yudenia Sosa Martinez on the Caribbean island.
He is kicked out of Cambodia after facing allegations of sex crimes and moves to Thailand, before going on to the Vietnamese coastal resort of Vung Tau.
The shamed singer is convicted of sexually abusing two Vietnamese girls, aged 10 and 11, and sentenced to three years in prison.
Gadd is ordered to return to the UK after spending two-and-a-half years in jail.
Gadd becomes the first person to be arrested under the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree – the investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The singer is charged with eight counts of sexual offences, which later becomes 10 counts.
Gadd goes on trial at Southwark Crown Court.
He is found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13. Gadd is jailed for 16 years.
He loses a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction.
February 3 2023
The now 78-year-old is released from HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, after eight years behind bars.
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