Sobbing uncontrollably in the witness box, the 70-year-old said he had been in a bad place in his life, and was struggling financially, with alcohol and with drugs.
He issued a tearful apology to his fans saying: “I lost my own dignity, and I am so sorry. I am very sorry.
“I am sorry today and every day of my life ever since. I am sorry to my fans.”
In November 1997, when Glitter went to pick up a Toshiba laptop he had given for servicing at a Bristol PC World, he was arrested, Southwark Crown Court in London heard.
The engineer who examined the machine had discovered images on it related to child abuse.
Glitter subsequently admitted responsibility for a “large number” of images - depicting a full range of sexual activity taking place between men and very young children - being on his computer.
Glitter - real name Paul Gadd - is accused of one count of attempted rape and another of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in 1975.
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 between October 1979 and December 1980.
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.
The singer, from Marylebone in central London, denies all the charges against him.
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