6 Jun 2014

Gary Glitter faces sex charges

7:33 am on 6 June 2014

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been charged with eight counts of sexual offences against girls.

The charges relate to two who were aged between 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offences between 1977 and 1980, the BBC reports.

Gary Glitter in 2006.

Gary Glitter in 2006. Photo: AFP

The former pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is due to appear in court in London on 19 June. Charges include indecent assault and sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

The Crown Prosecution Service said no further action would be taken over five allegations made by two other people.

Mr Gadd, 70, was arrested on 28 October 2012 at his London home following an investigation by detectives from Operation Yewtree, which was set up after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

Glitter rose to fame in the UK in the 1970s with a flamboyant stage persona and hits such as Rock and Roll (Part 2) and Leader of the Gang, the latter reaching No 1 in the UK music charts in 1973.