Gary Glitter appears in court to deny historical sex offences against girls aged under 13

The former pop star is charged with 10 offences against three girls

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Gary Glitter has denied a string of historical alleged sex offences against girls, including two under the age of 13.

The former pop star, who appeared in court under his real name, Paul Gadd, entered not guilty pleas to 10 charges related to alleged assaults in the 1970s and early 1980s.

He used a hearing device during proceedings at London’s Southwark Crown Court and wore a fedora hat, navy blue jacket, white shirt and pink silk tie.

Gadd, from Marylebone in London, is accused of one count of attempted rape and another of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in 1975.

Four charges of indecent assault relate to a second complainant, when she was under the age of 13 in 1977.

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Gary Glitter performing in Oxford in 1974

He is accused of attempting to “stupefy or overpower her” to have sex with him by plying her with alcohol between January and May 1977.

One charge of unlawful intercourse with a girl aged under 13 relates to the same alleged victim during the same period.

Gadd is also charged with two counts of indecently assaulting a third complainant, who was under the age of 16 at the time, between October 1979 and December 1980.

Judge Alistair McCreath told the court a trial, expected to last three weeks, would start on 12 January and granted Gadd bail on the condition he returns “as and when required”.

He was the first person arrested as part of Operation Yewtree - the investigation set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Additional reporting by Press Association