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Glitter 'started to cover' accuser

A woman who Gary Glitter allegedly tried to rape when she was just a schoolgirl "felt uncomfortable" at his presence in her bed but did not want to be rude and push him away, a court heard.

The former glam rock singer is said to have crept into the youngster's bed and tried to assault her as she lay sleeping next to a friend after a dinner party.

The woman explained that she visited the address a number of times and as well as Glitter had seen Alvin Stardust in the mansion which featured a "sweet room", a swimming pool, and "always smelled new".

John Price QC, prosecuting, asked the woman what she remembered of the last time she went to the home in 1975 and the time of the alleged attack.

He said: "Do you remember anything that helps you place it in the calendar?"

She replied: "It was Easter. Because before I went home he gave me an Easter egg."

Describing the night of the alleged attack, the woman said: "He put his arms around me - started to cover me. Put his arms around the top of my body."

She continued: "I didn't like him being there. It felt strange that he would have, it just felt strange to have an adult in our bed.

"It hadn't happened before, and it just felt uncomfortable."

Glitter is then said to have gone on to try and rape the girl.

Asked why she had not tried to push him away, the woman responded: "I didn't want to be rude, I thought he was probably only trying to cuddle me."

Although she confided in her mother and friends, it was more than two decades before she went to police with her claims, after seeing that Glitter - real name Paul Gadd - had admitted child pornography charges in 1999, Southwark Crown Court heard.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was only able to avoid being raped by falling into the "cocoon" formed by her bedsheets being tucked under the mattress, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

The alleged victim, who was aged under 10 at the time, says that after the attack drunken Glitter who smelled "horrible" fell asleep in the bed.

Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, denies the attempted rape of the girl, and an alternative count of indecent assault.

He also denies six further counts of indecent assault, and two other sexual offences, relating to two other women.

Recalling the incident through tears, the woman said that the alleged attack left her feeling "embarrassed" and before that she had always thought Glitter was "all right".

Explaining how she managed to move away from him, the alleged victim said: "I just wanted to get away, and the only place to go was down the side of the bed. And how it was tucked in, I just fell over the edge between the mattress and the blanket and he couldn't get to me any more."

Mr Price asked how she felt, as a child, after the incident.

The woman told jurors: "I felt ashamed and embarrassed because by that age all your private areas become private...I just felt ashamed and dirty."

She said that the day after the alleged attack, Glitter, now aged 70, was "just normal - like he always was before".

Asked whether she had told anyone about the incident, the woman said: "No. I didn't want to to think about it."

However, jurors heard that a number of years later she felt compelled to tell her mother after the former chart-topper had invited her into a bedroom and asked her to give "Uncle Gary" a cuddle.

She said: "Until then I thought if we all forgot it, it would be like it hadn't happened. But then when that happened the second time, I tried to do what I had done the last time I guess...I didn't think that I could carry on like I had last time, just keeping it in my own head, but I also didn't want my mum to know."

But jurors heard that she did not go to the police until the late 1990s when she heard that Glitter had admitted to child pornography charges.

Asked why she chose that time to come forward, the woman explained: "I felt angry because I just realised it was a continual thing - it seemed that way from seeing that news.

"In which case they should know that there was more to it than just pornography."

The trial was adjourned until 10.30 tomorrow when the woman is expected to be cross-examined.

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