Will a Convicted Pedophile Make Money From a Song in 'Joker'?

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Music is at the center of the latest controversy surrounding the movie “Joker.”

In one of the film's pivotal scenes, Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the menacing main character, dramatically dances his way down some concrete stairs. Some viewers are outraged because the song he dances to was made by a convicted pedophile.

The song is Gary Glitter's 1972 hit “Rock and Roll (Part 2).” Glitter is behind bars in Britain after being sentenced in 2015 to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls.

Warner Brothers has been slammed because critics have been concerned that Glitter would get paid for the movie's use of his song.

But apparently, Glitter no longer owns the rights to the song and won't get a penny.

"Gary Glitter does not get paid. We've had no contact with him,” according to a statement from Snapper Music, which now owns the song. 

Even though Glitter's not profiting, one report said the film might still be re-edited to remove the song. 

“Joker” remains No. 1 at the box office, bringing in $55 million this weekend.

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