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  • 19 June 2014, 11:09

Gary Glitter Released On Bail After Sex Charges

Gary Glitter has appeared in court to face allegations that he carried out a string of sex attacks on two girls.

The former pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is charged with eight sex offences against under-age girls aged 12 and 14 in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The allegations include claims he plied a one of the girls with alcohol so he could have sex with her.

Gadd, 70, was the first person to be arrested as part of the Operation Yewtree when he was held at his home in Marylebone, central London, in October 2012.

The police probe was launched in the wake of sex abuse claims against the disgraced late TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who was unmasked after his death in 2011 as Britain's most prolific paedophile.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced earlier this month that Gadd had been charged.

He is accused of four counts of indecent assault against the first alleged victim, who was just 12 or 13 at the time, between January 31, 1977 until December 31 that year.

Gadd is also accused of "administering a drug, namely alcohol, to obtain intercourse", and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 years old between the same dates.

He is also charged with two counts of indecent assault between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1980 involving the second complainant, who was aged 13 or 14 at the time.

Glitter spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Gadd has been released on bail and will appear at Southwark Crown Court on July 3.