There was a time when nearly every goal, touchdown, or run scored by a professional sports team playing at home was followed immediately by Gary Glitter’s lyrically idiotic mega hit “Rock And Roll (Parts 1 And 2).”
With three words and a good guitar riff, Gary Glitter rocketed to stardom and made a ton of money, which he wisely invested in hairspray and shiny metal studs. His career looked good on the surface, but all that Gary Glittered was not Gary Gold.
He was arrested in 1997 after he took his laptop to be repaired and — D’OH! — he forgot to delete his vast collection of child porn. The offense got him a measly four-month prison sentence. But what must have really stung was when The Spice Girls cut his cameo from their movie Spice Word.
The child porn was bad enough, but the public opinion of his fellow Britons became unbearable after he was accused of having had sex with a teenage girl. So he hopped on his yacht and set sail on a globetrotting trip of pedophilia. He spent time in Cambodia, at least until they expelled him from the country, calling him “a threat to the security … and to the national image of Cambodia.” For perspective, for a while Cambodia was mostly known for their roving gangs of death squads.
He fled to Vietnam, where he had sex with two underage girls and was arrested as he was trying to flee for Thailand. The case was eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence.
A year after that, he was tried on charges of having sex with another two underage Vietnamese girls. He was found guilty within 24 hours and was sentenced to three years in prison and would be deported from the country upon release.
Glitter ‘had sex with girl, 12’
Ex-glam rock star Gary Glitter has been accused of having sex with two girls, one aged 12, police in Vietnam said.Police said the girls, 12 and 18, said in police interviews they had sex with Glitter, 61, at his Vung Tau home.
There are conflicting reports as to whether the second girl had turned 18 – the legal age of consent in Vietnam.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, has not been charged and remains in custody. If convicted he could be jailed for up to 12 years.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the arrest of a British national and consular support is being provided.”
Under Vietnamese law, sexual contact with a minor carries varying degrees of penalty, depending on the charge.
The 1970s rocker was held on suspicion of “lewd acts” with children after an arrest warrant was issued last week.
He was stopped at Ho Chi Minh City airport on Saturday by an official who recognised him from media coverage.
“Obscene acts with a child” can lead to 12 years imprisonment while child rape carries the maximum penalty of death before a firing squad.
A police officer in Vung Tua said: “Having sex with a 12-year-old girl, regardless of whether he had her consent, is still considered child rape under Vietnamese law.”
Police would not confirm whether either of the girls claimed they were paid for sex.
British consular officials visited Glitter in Vung Tau, the coastal town where he has lived for six months, following his arrest.
A Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesman said after Glitter’s arrest that authorities had interviewed a 15-year-old girl they had found at his home.
British officials earlier confirmed that Glitter would have access to a lawyer.
They described the Vietnamese authorities as very co-operative.
Vung Tua police said on Monday they were continuing to investigate the case and are to question the singer further.
Glitter was found guilty in the UK in 1999 of possessing child pornography and served two months in jail.
Then a 2012 documentary alleged that Glitter had sex with a 14-year-old girl in the dressing room of an English TV presenter, who also had a long, secret history of pedophilia. He was subsequently tried (again!) and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
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