Convicted sex-offender Gary Glitter raked in £300,000 this year, partly thanks to David O'Russell's Oscar nominated movie Silver Linings Playbook. Glitter's 1972 track Rock And Roll Part 2 features in one of the trailers for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring movie, which is up for eight prizes at the Academy Awards.
Glitter - who was arrested again this year as part of Operation Yewtree - banked royalties from the movie, as well as from several other sources. According to The Sun, American football, basketball and ice hockey teams regularly used Glitter's 1970s anthems during match-days, again boosting his coffers each time. Technology giant Hewlett Packard used a cover version of the singer's hit track Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah) in their U.S. ads, netting him £64,000. He was also played on BBC Radio 2 and on a Top of the Pops rerun. A US source defended the use of his track in Silver Linings Playbook, saying, "There's less awareness of his past here."
Glitter's reputation was irreparably tarnished following his 1997 arrest and 1999 convicted for possession of child pornography in the UK. In 2006, a Vietnam court found him guilty of committing obscene acts with minors.
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