Glitter got 12-year-old fan drunk then abused her

Former glam rock star Gary Glitter arrives at Southwark Crown Court yesterday. Picture: PA
Former glam rock star Gary Glitter arrives at Southwark Crown Court yesterday. Picture: PA
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GARY Glitter gave a young fan from Leicester champagne and autographed her gold jacket backstage after a concert before inviting her into a hotel room and having sex with her, a court heard yesterday.

The singer’s alleged victim is said to have been just 12 years old when she went to one of the singer’s performances with her mother in the spring of 1977.

Both of them were invited back to his dressing room, before being asked to accompany the star to his Holiday Inn hotel suite, jurors were told.

But after the concert, the schoolgirl’s mother was persuaded to leave her alone with Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – London’s Southwark Crown Court heard.

It was then that the former chart topper allegedly struck, subjecting the youngster to a “prolonged episode of sexual abuse involving a full range of sexual activity culminating in intercourse” after lavishing her with champagne.

The 70-year-old denies one count of plying the girl with alcohol with the intention to “stupefy or overpower” her to have sex with him.

Jurors also heard that the teenager, now aged 50, was subjected to a similar ordeal in a Birmingham hotel room when she was 13 years old.


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The court heard how the woman’s mother was a keen Gary Glitter fan, and she first attended one of the star’s concerts with both her parents in March 1977.

Jurors heard that on March 21 of that year the youngster went backstage and was introduced to Glitter who asked her if she had enjoyed the show.

Glitter then allegedly told the girl’s mother that if they attended the show late the following day, he could make more time for them.

On this occasion her mother had also shown Glitter photos of the girl’s bedroom, featuring posters of the star, the court heard.

In relation to the same girl, the singer faces a further charge of unlawful intercourse with a girl aged under 13, and four counts of indecent assault.

Glitter is also accused of two counts of indecent assault with regard to another fan he is said to have assaulted after inviting her to his dressing room after a concert.

Jurors have already heard from one woman who claims she was under ten years old when the glam rock star allegedly climbed into her bed and tried to rape her.

Dressed in a grey overcoat, black shirt and black velvet waistcoat, and his trademark dark glasses, Glitter listened intently to proceedings with the help of lip-speak interpreters.

He denies all the charges.

The woman told jurors that her mother accepted the invitation to go back to Glitter’s suite, and that the three of them were driven back to the hotel.

Once back at the hotel room, there were initially a number of other people around who were all drinking champagne including herself and her mother. She said it was her first taste of the drink.

The woman told jurors that her mother seemed to be getting louder and more drunk throughout the night, and at one stage she looked up to see her being led from the room by top record producer Mike Leander who had also worked with artists such as the Rolling Stones.

Jurors then heard how Glitter allegedly pushed her down on to the bed before starting to kiss her and going on to sexually abuse her and have sex with her.

The court heard the alleged victim did not tell police about what happened to her until after her mother’s death in 2012, saying: “Because I couldn’t talk about it with my mum, and I knew deep down she knew – over the years, I know she did.”

The case continues.