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Gary Glitter could lose chunk of multi-million pound fortune after returning to prison over dark web searches

Gary Glitter could lose chunk of multi-million pound fortune after returning to prison over dark web searches

The disgraced pop star was returned to prison last year

Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter looks set to lose a large chunk of his personal fortune after more legal action was brought against him.

It comes after the paedophile was thrown back behind bars last year, just six weeks after being released.

Glitter had breached his licence conditions by reportedly trying to access the dark web and viewing downloaded images of children.

He had been jailed for 16 years in 2015 for sexually abusing three school girls. After being released on licence and subsequently returned to prison for breaching the conditions, he'll be released in February 2031.

And now, one of Glitter's victims is suing him.

The woman is suing the former singer - whose real name is Paul Gadd - following his 2015 conviction.

At a hearing in London earlier this month, the woman’s lawyer said she was seeking damages over the 'profound and long-lasting consequences' of the abuse when she was a minor.

Glitter did not attend the previous hearing, nor was he represented by a lawyer, with the High Court told he had not so far engaged with the civil case.

Gary Glitter.
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The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has previously secured a 'default judgment' in her claim. This is a ruling in her favour over Glitter’s liability. Online reports put Glitter's net worth at around $8 million (£6.34 million).

Mrs Justice Tipples, the judge overseeing the case, will now be asked to decide what level of compensation the woman could receive at a hearing today (27 March).

The case was previously adjourned to ensure Glitter received case documents at HMP Risley in Cheshire and to give him the opportunity to respond.

In the late 1990s, the ex-pop star was jailed for possessing thousands of child abuse images.

In 2002, he was expelled from Cambodia amid reports of sex crime allegations and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam, and spent two-and-a-half years in jail.

Gary Glitter nowadays.
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The offences for which he was jailed in 2015 came to light as part of Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

In February, the Parole Board rejected a new bid from Glitter to be freed from jail.

Earlier this year, eerie footage resurfaced of Glitter being interviewed on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast in the 1990s.

The 1992 clip shows Glitter speaking to the late Paula Yates about what she called 'very young' visitors to his home.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, 10am-8pm Monday to Friday. If you are a child seeking advice and support, call Childline for free on 0800 1111, 24/7.

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