Glitter cleared of child sex charges

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Pop star Gary Glitter was today cleared of all eight charges of sexually assaulting a besotted, underage teenage fan.

Pop star Gary Glitter was today cleared of all eight charges of sexually assaulting a besotted, underage teenage fan.

Glitter, 55, had looked on impassively as the foreman of the jury at Bristol Crown Court read out the not guilty verdicts for each of the eight counts.

Then he smiled as the final verdict was greeted by cheers in the public gallery.

The verdicts came at the end of a four-day trial and took the jury over seven hours to reach.

The glam rock singer turned to the jury, put his hands together and bowed after hearing the verdicts, which he had waited for for seven hours and 32 minutes.

He then embraced his solicitor Henri Brandman and his woman assistant.

Glitter, who was charged under his real name Paul Francis Gadd, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecently assaulting the girl in the early 1980s when she was under 16-years-old.

He also denied four charges of serious sexual assault against the same girl.

All the offences were alleged to have taken place on dates between March 1, 1980 and June 15, 1982

After the jury of eight men and four women delivered its verdict the hearing was adjourned by trial judge Mr Justice Butterfield.

He told the court: "There is another indictment concerning 54 counts of making indecent photographs. We will deal with that this afternoon."

Before discharging the jury, the judge thanked the jurors for their efforts and reminded them they had performed an important civic duty.

The Press Complaints Commission is to investigate alleged payments from the News of the World to the woman witness in the Gary Glitter trial.

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