Gary Glitter appears at court facing sex charges

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court today. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Gary Glitter appeared in a London court for four minutes today as he faced allegations of carrying out a string of sex attacks on two girls.

The former pop star, who appeared under his real name 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 one of the girls with alcohol so he could have sex with her.

Glitter, 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 former singer wore sunglasses in the dock as he spoke only to confirm his full name Paul Francis Gadd, his address and date of birth before leaving moments later.