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Gary Glitter appears in crown court on sex charges

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Image caption Garry Glitter was referred to in court under his real name Paul Gadd

Gary Glitter has appeared in court for a preliminary hearing accused of plying a schoolgirl with alcohol so he could have sex with her.

The 70-year-old ex-pop star has been charged with six counts of indecent assault, one of unlawful sex with a girl under 13, and one count of administering a drug to obtain sex.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court under his real name, Paul Gadd.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Six of the charges relate to one girl, and the remaining two to another.

The former pop star sat in the dock, but appeared to struggle to hear through a hearing loop as he was asked by the court clerk to confirm his name.

Addressing him, Judge Alistair McCreath asked: "Mr Gadd, can you hear me now?"

Mr Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, said: "I'm sorry, I can't."

The judge replied: "It sounded like you just did." Glitter was then allowed to leave the dock and sit behind his defence barrister.


In court, by Ben Ando, BBC News

He was referred to at all times by his real name Paul Gadd, but to most he remains Gary Glitter - even though his glam rock career ended two decades ago.

He walked into court wearing a dark suit, blue striped jumper, black scarf and black Fedora hat, which he removed as he sat down in the dock. A black and white polka-dot scarf was tucked into his breast pocket.

Due to problems with the court's audio loop equipment the 70-year-old, who is hard of hearing, was permitted to leave the dock and sit with his barristers. During the proceedings he cupped his ears with his hands as he strained to hear all that was said.


He is accused of four counts of indecent assault against the first alleged victim, who was aged 12 or 13 at the time, between January 1977 and December that year.

Mr Glitter is also accused of administering a drug - "namely alcohol" - with the intention to "stupefy or overpower" the same girl to enable him to have sex with her between January and May 1977.

He also faces one charge of unlawful intercourse with a the first alleged victim aged under 13 between the same dates.

The singer, who was released on bail, is accused of another two counts of indecent assault against a second complainant, who was aged 13 or 14 at the time, between October 1979 and December 1980.

The court heard a plea and case management hearing would take place on 20 August.

Image caption Gary Glitter, pictured here in 1974, is accused of eight sex offences

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