Glam rocker Gary Glitter was arrested Sunday (October 28) on further allegations involving pedophilia, of which Glitter has previously been found guilty, BBC reports. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was arrested in conjunction with the investigation of former BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011. After being questioned by London police, Glitter, age 68, was released on bail until mid-December.
For those not familiar with Savile’s case: Glitter’s arrest was the first as part of the ongoing case investigating widespread sex offender allegations against Savile, who is beging accused of sexually abusing more than 300 minors. The controversy first came to light earlier this month, with the broadcast of a documentary on UK’s iTV that featured claims from several women revealing that Savile sexually abused them as teens. Since then, an outpouring of supposed victims have come forward with similar claims involving rape and underage sex. The reports claim that Savile lured children and teens into his car and dressing room at BBC for sexual purposes. Police have taken these claims seriously, as has the BBC, which has set up an independent investigation of events during Savile’s tenure with the company.
Savile’s case has shocked many, considering his status as a beloved BBC DJ and host of TV’s Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It (a children’s show). He was knighted in 1990 and deemed a ”prodigious philanthropist” by The Guardian. He died last year at the age of 84.
As for Glitter, his own charges of sexual deviance date back to 1999, when he was jailed in the UK after being found guilty of possession of child pornography. In 2006, he was convicted in Vietnam for committing obscene acts with minors, specifically girls ages 10-11, and was thus deported back to the UK in 2008.
Glitter first came to fame in the early 1970s with his campy flamboyance and the song “Rock and Roll Part 2,” commonly known to most as “The Hey song” blasted at sporting events.
So how exactly is Glitter tied to the Savile case? One such story involves Glitter having sex with a schoolgirl in Savile’s BBC dressing room in the 1970s, one witness told BBC-TV recently – allegations Glitter has denied. Other British celebrities are expected to be entangled in the Savile case and face possible arrests.
- Jillian Mapes, CBS Local