Gary Glitter documentary leaves ITV viewers feeling 'sick'

Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile is out now on ITVX

Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile (ITV)
Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile examines Gary Glitter's crimes at the height of his fame. (ITV)

Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter was the subject of a new ITV documentary, which explored the extent of the sexual abuse he inflicted on girls as young as eight during the height of his fame.

The shamed singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for sexually abusing girls, including the attempted rape of the aforementioned eight-year-old girl. He previously served a four-month prison sentence in 1999 after pleading guilty to 54 counts of possessing indecent images of children, and he was sentenced to three years in prison in Vietnam for child molestation of a 10-year-old and 13-year-old girl.

ITV's documentary Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile examines how the singer was able to use his fame and the power that came with it to abuse children throughout his career, with some people remarking how there were those who turned a blind eye to his actions.

Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile (ITV)
ITV viewers were understandably disturbed by the revelations in the documentary, including the convicted paedophile's attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl. (ITV)

The documentary examines Gadd's attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in 1975, the rape of a 12-year-old girl, and a third victim who was "repeatedly raped" by the singer and still had nightmares about it. Viewers were understandably shocked by the documentary, with some claiming they felt physically sick after watching it.

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One viewer wrote: "Watching Glitter: The popstar paedophile and feeling quite sick. How did these sick f**kers get away with this in broad daylight?"

Another viewer similarly said: "I feel physically sick after watching that documentary. Hope the sick paedo rots in hell."

Viewers were also disgusted by the singer, with another viewer sharing: "Watching the Glitter, The Popstar Paedophile, what a vile man…", while one person remarked: "Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile basically hiding in plain sight. Disturbing."

Another viewer said: "My God that Gary Glitter documentary on itv is vile, what a revolting piece of s**t. Can't even look at him!"

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One person spoke of their own experience with the singer's music, saying: "I remember watching the Spice Girls cover Leader of the Gang. I remember singing it in my front room as a kid and it makes me feel uneasy now. Can't imagine how ex fans of Gary Glitter himself feel watching this documentary."

While another person wrote: "Just watching this Gary Glitter documentary on ITV in disbelief. Always thought his music in the 70's was c**p anyway."

Glitter: The Popstar Paedophile is available on ITVX now.