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Glitter due in court over sex abuse

Former pop star Gary Glitter is due to stand trial today accused of a string of historic sex offences against three girls.

The 70-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, faces 10 charges relating to alleged crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980.

He appeared briefly at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday, on the day his six-week trial was due to start.

Wearing a maroon scarf and tinted glasses, Glitter spoke only to confirm his name during the five-minute hearing as Judge Alistair McCreath adjourned the case until today.

He left court wearing a fedora hat and carrying an umbrella as he faced a media scrum outside the building. There were scuffles between Glitter's security team and photographers as the former star tried to get into a taxi.

Glitter, 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 when she was under the age of 13 in 1977.

He is also accused of plying the girl with drink with the intention to "stupefy or overpower" her to have sex with him between January and May 1977.

And Glitter faces one charge of unlawful intercourse with a girl aged under 13 between the same dates in relation to the same girl.

In connection with a third complainant, who was under the age of 16, he is charged with two counts of indecent assault between October 1979 and December 1980.

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.


From Belfast Telegraph