Gary Glitter was one of England’s biggest and most important glam-rock stars in the ’70s. But he also has a decades-long history of evidence that he’s a sexual predator. He’s faced charges for offenses like possession of child pornography and child sexual abuse, and he even spent some time in a Vietnamese prison. The 70-year-old Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is standing trial in Britain for 10 sexual offenses, all committed between 1975 and 1980, all with girls between the ages of 12 and 14. The trial began this week.
One of the charges is attempted child rape, and the victim (who was eight-years-old then) says that a drunk Glitter crawled into her bed one night and attempted to rape her, as the BBC reports. She got away, wrapped herself up in blankets, and locked herself in a bathroom while Glitter fell asleep. The next morning, Glitter gave her an Easter egg and otherwise acted like everything was completely normal. She waited more that 20 years to go to police, only filing charges after she’d learned of Glitter’s child pornography charges.
The other charges include assaults after concerts, at hotel rooms, where Glitter somehow persuaded parents to leave him alone with their kids. He is denying all the charges.
Watch the BBC’s report below.