Glitter ‘started to cover’ accuser


Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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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.

Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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