Gary Glitter was jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a series of historic sexual assaults against three schoolgirls.
There was only a standing room in front of the courthouse as loyal fans of the former glam rock singer gathered in the public gallery. Previously, they had read together an annual Glitter, the Press Association reports.
In her mitigating speech, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending Glitter, told the court: “We draw attention to the fact that there are those who have a high opinion of this man”, apparently in reference to his fans.
Glitter remained passive as his sentence was read in court and began to come out of the dock after hearing the total number of years he will be in jail. He appeared in court wearing a black velvet coat and burgundy scarf.
During Glitter’s sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said the impact statements of his three victims made it clear “that they were all deeply affected” by the abuse.
All three of Glitter’s victims have tearfully recounted the abuse they suffered at Glitter’s part during the trial.
One woman described how she attended a house party – where she had previously met Alvin Stardust – the night she was attacked in 1975.
She remembered Glitter smelling “alcohol and cigarettes” and putting his arm over her, making her feel “uncomfortable”.
Glitter’s second victim was 12 when he attacked her after a performance at Leicester Baileys nightclub in 1977.
She first went backstage with her mother and had a gold jacket autographed while drinking Moët champagne, but was later a guest in the singer’s Holiday Inn hotel suite.
Once back in the room, star songwriter, producer and Glitter manager Mike Leander took the girl’s mother away, while Glitter then led her to the bedroom, the court heard.
The girl tried to push the naked singer away, but as she raised her hands he yelled at her not to touch her hair, telling her he had a “phobia”.
He then pushed her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her.
Two indecent assault charges involved a third girl, aged 13 when he asked her to sit on his lap in his dressing room between October 1979 and December 1980.
Dressed in a silver sequin jumpsuit unzipped to the navel and silver platform boots, he kissed the young girl forcefully, then slipped his hand up her skirt at a club called Baileys in Watford.
Glitter claimed there was no way he could have abused the girls in his dressing room, as his meticulous wig-care routine required him to immediately return to his suite and clean his hairpiece.
Judge McCreath told Glitter: “You have done real and lasting harm to them all and you have done it for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a totally inappropriate type.”
He noted that the legal guidelines in place at the time he committed the offenses meant that the maximum sentence was “considerably lower” than that which can be imposed today.
Glitter fell out of favor when he admitted to possessing 4,000 child pornography images and was jailed for four months in 1999.
In 2002, Glitter was deported from Cambodia for unspecified allegations, and in March 2006, he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam.
Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, has denied the allegations against him. He was cleared at trial of one count of abusing alcohol with a girl under 13 to facilitate sex, and two other counts of indecent assault.
Additional reporting by the Press Association