Convicted Paedophile Gary Glitter Could Get Big Royalties From 'Joker'

Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter is likely to be raking in cash from the new 'Joker' film, which uses one of his hit songs in a key scene.

Film fans have shared their outrage that the controversial Todd Phillips film prominently features Glitter's song 'Rock And Roll Part 2', for which a royalty payment was likely required.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 after being convicted of child sex abuse.

Image: Warner Bros.

In 'Joker', the song plays during a two-minute scene where Joaquin Phoenix's character dances down a flight of stairs after committing a murder.

CNN quoted entertainment lawyer John Seay, who estimated that Glitter could earn royalties "in the six figures range" for the song's use in the movie.

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Glitter's convictions were in the United Kingdom and Vietnam, and another lawyer in that country -- quoted by The Guardian -- said it was possible the film's producers in the United States were not aware of his criminal history.

Gary Glitter during sentencing in a Vietnam court. Image: Getty

Some posted on social media that they were upset about the film's use of the song, and expressed concern that Glitter may profit from it.

It is the latest controversy for the movie, which has drawn claims it glamourises or excuses violence on account of Joker's background.

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The film -- an origin story for the classic Batman villain -- charts the genesis of the character and how he became the Joker after bullying, abuse and social isolation.

Gary Glitter onstage in Chicago in 1994. Image: Getty

Some theatres in the United States have banned moviegoers from wearing face paint, costumes and large bags while viewing the film, while police officers in some states have been deployed to patrol and monitor theatres.

The FBI and army have also issued warnings in the wake of the film, regarding other alleged social media posts from those identifying as 'incels' -- involuntary celibates.

Phoenix at the Hollywood premiere of the film on September 28. Image: Getty

Gizmodo reported that army officials emailed an alert to service members, warning of possible violence in the cinemas.

The email claimed that incels "idolise the Joker character, the violent clown from the Batman series, admiring his depiction as a man who must pretend to be happy, but eventually fights back against bullies."

A Sydney theatre was also last week the focus of an alleged online threat posted on message board 4chan, warning people not to attend the cinema.