Gary Glitter ordered to pay the victim of abuse more than £500,000 in compensation

Gary Glitter has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 (€592,000) in compensation to one of his victims who took him to the UK Supreme Court.

The woman is suing Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, after his 2015 conviction for abusing her and two other young people between 1975 and 1980.

She had previously obtained a “default judgment” in her claim – a ruling in her favor on Glitter’s liability – and on Tuesday, Judge Tipples found the woman was entitled to £508,800 in damages.

The judge said in a 13-page ruling: “There is no doubt that the plaintiff was the victim of the most serious type of sexual abuse by the defendant when she was only 12 years old, which had a very significant adverse impact on the rest of her life.”

Judge Tipples said the woman brought the lawsuit after being repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by Glitter, and after the singer “humiliated and forcibly controlled” her.

She continued: “The plaintiff stated that she felt completely embarrassed and scrubbed herself in the bathtub every day, which included sometimes using a pumice stone to “scrub her face,” and did not care what she looked like.” The plaintiff simply didn’t want to look like her.

“The plaintiff did not tell anyone in her family what happened to her because she was afraid she would bring shame on them and she believed her family would no longer love her if they found out.”

Judge Tipples said the six-figure sum included £381,000 in lost earnings and £7,800 for future therapy and treatment.

Gary Glitter appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London for his trial and sentencing in 2015. (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

At Tuesday’s hearing, the judge said the woman should also be paid interest on compensation of around £84,000.

Glitter was not present at the hearing or represented by a lawyer, and the court said he was not handling the civil case.

At a March hearing, the High Court in London heard that the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – has been unable to work for decades as a result of harassment.

Her attorney, Jonathan Metzer, said Glitter’s abuse had a “dramatic and terrible impact” on her education, work and personal relationships.

Richard Scorer, head of violence law at Slater & Gordon, who is acting on behalf of the woman in the case, said after the verdict: ‘While no amount of money can make up for the horrific sexual abuse, the award at least goes some way to recognizing the damage inflicted on my client throughout her childhood and adult life.

“Gadd’s refusal to engage in the trial only demonstrates his complete lack of remorse, which we will remind the parole board of if he makes another application for early release.

“We will seek payment from Gadd and will continue to support our client through this process.”

In 2015, Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually abusing three schoolgirls. His sentence expires in February 2031.

He was automatically released from HMP The Verne, a low-security prison in Portland, Dorset, in February last year after serving half of his fixed-term sentence.

Glitter was thrown back into prison less than six weeks after his release when police monitoring found he had breached license conditions by trying to access the dark web and viewing downloaded images of children.