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Ex-glam rock singer Gary Glitter 'crept into girl's bed'

By Nina Massey

Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter tried to rape a schoolgirl, plied another with Champagne before assaulting her and abused a young fan in his dressing room, a court heard.

He attempted to rape a girl under 10 after creeping into her bed, but she managed to escape his clutches by moving away and falling into a protective "cocoon" of blankets, jurors were told.

John Price QC, opening the case for the prosecution at Southwark Crown Court, said that Glitter -real name Paul Gadd - had tried to force himself on the girl in the mid-1970s.

Dressed in a navy suit jacket and wearing a cream and black patterned scarf, the singer stared straight ahead, occasionally shaking his head as the case against him was opened.

Glitter is also accused of molesting two "young fans" whom he met while touring the country.

Glitter's alleged third victim was also attacked backstage after one of his performances in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Glitter, from Marylebone, central London, denies the charges.

The two-week trial was adjourned until today.

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