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Jim Davidson says paedo Gary Glitter is remorseful and wants to start new life

Former Big Break presenter Jim Davidson has made some controversial comments over the years but his latest interview may shock even his most staunch fans.

Speaking to Dorset Echo as he moored his luxury boat at Weymouth Harbour for a two-day break, the 67-year-old revealed he has recently spoken to pop star paedophile Gary Glitter.

The disgraced singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is currently serving a 16 year sentence in HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset for sexual offences.

It has been reported that he could be set to move from his current prison to an open prison in a matter of weeks.

The TV personality made the comments in an interview while enjoying a two day break in Weymouth Harbour.

Speaking to the paper regarding the jailed 77-year-old, Jim said: “I spoke to Paul when I visited The Verne two years ago. He’s remorseful and he looked ready to start a new life.”

The convicted paedophile was put behind bars in 2015 for indecently assaulting young girls.

Having now served seven years of his 16 year sentence, it has been alleged that he has been told by governors at The Verne, were he is currently residing, that he has been earmarked for a move to an open prison.

However, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is believed to have the power to block the proposed move.

Jim’s mention of Gary Glitter comes as he was discussing the charity he co-founded, Care after Combat.

“I’m not part of the charity anymore, but it’s a great organisation which has helped offenders, including those at HMP Portland and the Verne,” he told Dorset Echo.

Gary Glitter mugshot.
Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, is rumoured to be moved to an open prison in a matter of weeks.

“Its main aim is to look after veterans in the criminal justice system.”

As well as discussing the pop star paedophile, the one-time comic took the time to give his opinion of the recent suspension of England bowler Ollie Robinson due to historic sexist and racist tweets.

Speaking about the social media posts from 2012 and 2013, Jim said: “The investigation into the offensive tweets is ridiculous.

“It’s unfair to dig up the past on someone and display their views for something they said at the age of 19. His views would have likely changed over the past nine years.

“I think it’s probably less-talented cricketers who have stitched him up,” he added.

Jim Davidson
The comic has got in trouble for controversial remarks over recent years.

Jim first found fame in the 80s as the host of What’s on Next and several series of his own show, The Jim Davidson Show.

Over the years he has faced constant criticism due to his jokes targeted at minority groups.

In October 2003, Jim refused to go on stage in Plymouth because it was alleged he objected to wheelchair users in the front row.

A spokesman for the Plymouth Pavilions, where he was performing as part of a national tour, said: ” Jim Davidson apparently took exception to a number of wheelchair users in the front stalls of the Pavilions Arena. Mr Davidson cited the fact that a proportion of his act was aimed at disabled customers and that he would be unable to perform under these circumstances.”

The comic responded with a statement saying: “As all the people in the front row were in wheelchairs I feared it would appear I was specifically targeting disabled people. I asked if just some would mind moving. Much of my act depends upon audience reaction and in fact one part of the show involves getting the audience to gang up against the front row.”


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