Pedophile rocker Gary Glitter to rake in thousands from 'Joker' soundtrack

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

The Warner. Bros film - which smashed opening weekend records with an global haul of $234 million - uses Glitter's 1972 hit "Rock and Roll Part 2" in a lengthy and pivotal scene, in which Joaquin Phoenix dances down a long flight of stairs and transforms into the iconic character.

Joker debuted at the top of the weekend box office and has raked in $245.7 million US worldwide in its first three days. The disgraced singer and convicted paedophile is now serving a 16 year sentence in the United Kingdom for attacking three girls.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, received a lump sum payment for allowing the song's use but The Sun reports that he will also get royalties based on the success of the movie and from future DVD and soundtrack sales.

"Joker" is playing now in theatres. "They're literally paying a pedophile to use his music in a movie about the consequences of child abuse. I'm off the fence - this movie is immoral bull***t", @ManVsPink raged on Twitter.

While Glitter is now serving a 16-year jail sentence for attempted rape, indecent assault and having sex with a child under 13, the inclusion of the song is set to make thousands for the star in royalties.

One person vowed not to see the movie "until they remove convicted pedophile Gary Glitter's song or donate royalties from it to a child abuse charity".

Referring to Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins who became convicted of intercourse offences, but any other weighed in: 'A dauntless possibility to order Gary Glitter in JOKER.

Another said the song choice was the "most morally questionable" part of the film.

At his sentencing the judge said, "It is hard to overstate the depravity of this terrible behaviour". In 1999 he plead guilty to possessing child pornography in the UK. He was then jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12 before being released in 2008.

A year ago he was moved from Albany jail on the Isle of Wight to Category C jail The Verne on the isle of Portland, Dorset, in the UK.

In 2013, it emerged Glitter had earned an estimated £1 million of royalties after Oasis sampled lyrics from his tune Hiya, Hiya, I'm Help on their 1995 note Hiya.