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Glitter sex abuse trial adjourned

The trial of former pop star Gary Glitter, who is accused of a string of historic sex offences against three girls, has been adjourned.

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

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

But Glitter spoke only to confirm his name as Judge Alistair McCreath adjourned the case until 10am tomorrow.

Wearing a maroon scarf, white shirt, grey jacket and tinted glasses, and flanked by a security guard, Glitter stared straight ahead in the dock during the brief five minute hearing.

Glitter 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 he 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 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.

Between 1972 and 1995, he had over 20 hit singles which spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Top 100.

Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, denies all the charges against him.

Glitter 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.

He made no comment as he left court.

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