Popstar Glitter tried to rape girl under 10 in her room, court is told
Gary Glitter tried to rape a girl under the age of 10 whilst she was in bed with a friend, a court has heard.
The 70-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is alleged to have climbed into the bed, lifted her nightdress and abused her, whilst reeking of alcohol and tobacco.
Glitter is accused of a string of historic sex offences against three girls.
He faces 10 charges relating to alleged crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980. John Price QC, prosecuting, told the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court what Glitter had done to the young girl had caused her a "great deal of pain".
The alleged incident took place in the mid 1970s, when he was at the height of his fame, he said.
The girl said she woke up to find Glitter in the bed. He was drunk and she felt "uncomfortable" at him being there.
"She only managed to prevent him from succeeding by moving away from him in the bed until falling into the 'envelope' or 'cocoon' formed at its edge by the sheet and blankets being tucked behind the mattress," Mr Price told the jury. Glitter then collapsed, apparently asleep, and the girl locked herself in the bathroom and "vigorously cleaned herself." When she returned to the bedroom, Glitter had gone.
The next day, he is said to have "behaved entirely as normal" and nothing was said about what he had done to her, the jury heard.
Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, appeared in court wearing sunglasses and a white silk scarf.
He is accused of one count of attempted rape and another of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in 1975. He is charged with four counts of indecent assault on a second girl under the age of 13, whom he allegedly plied with drink with the intention to "stupefy or overpower" her to have sex with him between January and May 1977.
He also faces one charge of unlawful intercourse with the same girl between the same dates. And he is charged with two counts of indecent assault between October 1979 and December 1980 with a third complainant under the age of 16. Glitter denies all the charges against him. (© Daily Telegraph, London)