Strictly Come Dancing 2012: As Jimmy Savile scandal deepens a friend of Denise Van Outen’s says she was “groomed” by paedophile Gary Glitter
UPDATE: Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd) has been arrested in London! Click here to read more!
Last week, we reported that former Celebrity Big Brother star Coleen Nolan reckoned she’d had a lucky escape from the clutches of the alleged pervert Sir Jimmy Savile when he tried, and failed, to lure her to his bedroom…
And of course, the scandal over Savile – and the alleged cover up of his paedophilia by the BBC – has been making headlines for weeks now, and as we also reported, it’s been alleged by comedian Jim Davidson that a “Savile number two” celebrity is about to be revealed as a child sex abuser.
In addition, Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd – and who was imprisoned for child sex offences while overseas – was an associate of Savile’s and in today’s Sun, a friend of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Denise Van Outen has claimed that Denise was “groomed” by Gadd when she was a teenager.
While reporting that Denise was just 16 when Gadd met her, the paper adds, “Seedy Glitter, then more than THREE TIMES her age, showered the innocent teen with gifts including a top CD Walkman.”
Denise first met Gadd when she landed a part in A Slice Of Saturday Night, and a former friend of Denise’s, the narrator on ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex, told The Sun last night, “Glitter seemed to like the fact she was the youngest and prettiest girl in the show.
“As the tour went on, she couldn’t stop talking about him. She was excited. She was a little girl from Essex and had never met anyone like Gary.”
The source added, “I always felt he had a look in his eye which said, ‘I’m going to have her.’ It was horrific.”
And a Strictly Come Dancing source added, “She’s the ultimate pro and has worked her socks off. Everyone has been impressed by her focus and dedication.
“But behind the scenes it must be upsetting for her to turn on the telly or open the papers and see repeated mentions of this horrible creep who was all over her when she was too young and innocent to know better.
“I know she must find the memories of that time disturbing, and having him all over the news is the last thing she would want.”
Meanwhile, relatives of Savile have offered their “deepest sympathy” to Savile’s alleged victims, while insisting they knew nothing of his “darker side”.
Savile’s nephew Roger Foster said, “How could the person we thought we knew and loved do such a thing?”
And speaking on behalf of the family, he added, “I wish he was still alive to defend himself. It would clarify the situation.
“If he was found to be guilty I’d be first in line to condemn him.
“We recognise our despair and sadness doesn’t compare to that felt by the victims. We can appreciate the courage it has taken to speak out now.”
Police are currently investigating more than 300 allegations of abuse against the late DJ and TV presenter.