Former pop star Gary Glitter charged with child sex offenses

Former British pop star Gary Glitter returns home to London October 28, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

LONDON (Reuters) – Former pop star Gary Glitter, famous for his skin-tight shiny silver all-in-one suits and platform shoes, was charged on Thursday with eight sex offenses against two teenage girls dating back to the 1970s.

Glitter, now 70, real name Paul Gadd, rose to fame in the early 1970s with the hit ‘Rock and Roll‘ and became one of the leading figures in ‘glam-music’ fashion. rock”.

He was the first person to be arrested in a wider investigation into historical sex offense charges by show business figures sparked by revelations the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile was an offender prolific sex for decades.

He will appear in court on June 19 for eight sexual offenses between 1977 and 1980 against two girls aged 12 to 14 at the time.

“After completing our review, we have concluded … that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest that Mr. Gadd be charged,” said the Chief Crown Prosecutor, Baljit Ubhey, in a statement.

The prosecutor said no further action would be taken regarding five allegations made by two other plaintiffs because there was insufficient evidence.

He is charged with four counts of indecent assault on one of the girls then aged 12 or 13, “giving her a drug or something else to facilitate sex”, and one count of sexual intercourse with a minor. He faces two counts of indecent assault in 1979 and 1980 involving a second girl who was 13 or 14 at the time.

The wider police investigation into child sex abuse, dubbed Operation Yewtree, resulted in 17 arrests, with veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris currently on trial on 12 indecent assault charges.

Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; edited by Ralph Boulton

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