Glitter in sex trial witness box

Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter has taken to the witness box to give evidence in his trial for a string of historic sex offences against young girls.

Dressed in a navy double-breasted gold-buttoned jacket, black T-shirt, dark glasses, and cream and black patterned scarf, the 70-year-old spoke clearly as he took the affirmation and set his fedora hat aside.

Jurors have already heard that, when arrested by police in July 2013 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, Glitter denied sexually abusing the girls, and said he could not remember the incidents described.

Referring to the allegations of the girl who claimed he plied her with champagne before having sex with her, the singer told detectives he did not recall the “vague” circumstances from 36 years ago that had been set out.

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.

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 alcohol with the intention to “stupefy or overpower” her to have sex with him between January and May 1977, and a further count of unlawful intercourse with the 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.

The singer, from Marylebone in central London, denies all the charges against him at Southwark Crown Court.

Defending Glitter, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, asked him: “Did you sexually assault any of these young girls?”

He firmly replied: “No I did not.”

When asked if it had been easy to precisely recall the dates being referred to – almost 40 years ago the singer said “absolutely not”.

He added: “I have been relying on my autobiography to charge my memory a little bit and I believe that is pretty accurate.

“We cross-referenced on the internet just to find out find out their dates etc.”

Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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