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Glitter 'abused fan backstage'

A 13-year-old girl who thought Gary Glitter was "great" was abused backstage after being introduced to him as a surprise, a court heard.

The girl claims that after being asked to sit on the star's lap, he kissed her and slid his hand up her skirt, Southwark Crown Court in London heard.

Giving evidence, the woman's mum said that after watching Glitter perform, her partner took her and the alleged victim backstage for a "surprise" meeting with the singer.

John Price QC, prosecuting, asked the woman what her daughter thought of the star. She replied: "She thought he was great."

The woman also told jurors that once backstage, she was shown into the singer's dressing room where he was wearing a silver jumpsuit and platform shoes.

"I honestly can't remember if I went out or stayed in the room, I'm not sure," the witness said.

She told the court that she recalled her partner exiting the room and leaving her and her daughter with Glitter.

Mr Price asked: "Where was (the girl)?"

The alleged victim's mum replied: "Sitting on his lap. He just asked her to come and sit on his lap and she did."

She added that she didn't have anything to say about it. Asked if she remembered anything untoward happening in her presence, the woman replied: "No."

She said she did not know her daughter has been abused by Glitter until "recently" when the alleged victim called to tell her about it in the wake of Operation Yewtree.

Glitter - real name Paul Gadd - is accused of indecently assaulting the girl twice between October 1979 and December 1980.

The 70-year-old, from Marylebone in central London, is accused of one count of attempted rape and another of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in 1975.

In relation to a second complainant, he is charged with four counts of indecent assault, one count of plying the girl with alcohol with the intention to "stupefy or overpower" her to have sex with her and a further charge of unlawful intercourse with a girl aged under 13.

Glitter, who found fame in the 1970s as part of the glam rock scene, scoring number one hits with I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am), I Love You Love Me Love and Always Yours, denies all the charges against him.

The trial continues.

The alleged victim's sister told jurors that in 2012 the woman, now 48, confided in her about what Glitter had allegedly done to her on the night of the concert at a nightclub called Baileys in Watford, Hertfordshire.

"She had told me that he told her to sit on his lap and to give him a kiss," said the witness.

She added: "She said that she went to kiss him and he went to stick his tongue down her throat."

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending, questioned the woman about texts she exchanged with her sister regarding the allegations. One of them read: "If he did, you should go to the police, and not being funny but compensation! I know it is horrible to say, but f*****g hell, you deserve something for all the mental torture."

The jury were sent home for the day.

The case is due to resume tomorrow when the prosecution is expected to close its case against the 70-year-old.

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