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05/02/2015 11:01 GMT | Updated 06/02/2015 05:59 GMT

Gary Glitter Convicted Of Attempted Rape, Indecent Assault And Sexual Intercourse With Girl Under 13

UPDATE: Gary Glitter Shushes Friend On TV As She Recalls How 'Schoolgirls Paid £5 To Visit Him'

Gary Glitter, 70, is facing life behind bars after being found guilty of a string of historic sexual abuse offences against three young girls.

The 70-year-old whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted by a jury of five men and seven women at Southwark Crown Court in London on Thursday.

The former glam rock singer was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

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Gary Glitter arriving at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday

Glitter raised his eyebrows and looked shocked in the dock as the verdicts were read. He blew kisses to a public gallery full of reporters as he was remanded in custody and led down to the cells.

Glitter was cleared of two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse.

Judge Alistair McCreath told him: "In light of verdicts, I am remanding him in custody." He will be sentenced on 27 February at 9.30am.

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Gary Glitter in his heyday

Glitter was at the height of his fame when he preyed on the youngsters, who thought no one would believe their word over that of a celebrity.

He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and isolating them from their mothers.

The 70-year-old's youngest victim was less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.

But the allegations came to light only around 40 years later when Glitter became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree - the investigation launched by the Met in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The glam-rocker had suffered a spectacular fall from grace earlier, when he admitted possessing 4,000 images of child pornography and was jailed for four months in 1999.

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Undated Metropolitan Police handout photo of Glitter

In 2002 Glitter was expelled from Cambodia over unspecified allegations, and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam.

During the trial, all three of Glitter's victims sobbed as they recounted their ordeals.

One woman, now in her 50s, described how she had attended a party at a house - where she had previously met Alvin Stardust - on the night she was attacked in 1975.

She remembered Glitter smelling of "booze and cigarettes" and putting his arm over her, making her feel "uncomfortable".

The victim said she did not try to push him away because she did not want to be rude.

Some years later, the woman warned a friend to steer clear of Glitter because he was "dangerous".

Glitter's second victim was 12 years old when he attacked her after a spring 1977 show at Leicester nightclub Baileys.

She initially went backstage with her mother and had a gold jacket autographed while drinking Moet champagne, but was then invited to the singer's Holiday Inn hotel suite.

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Once back in the room, star songwriter, producer and Glitter's manager Mike Leander led the girl's mother away, while Glitter took her by the hand into a bedroom where he told her comic Spike Milligan had a gun and was after Glitter for sleeping with his wife.

The girl tried to push the naked singer away, but as she lifted her hands, he shouted at her not to touch his hair, telling her he had a "phobia".

He then pushed her on to the bed and subjected her to a prolonged period of sexual abuse.

The following morning he told the youngster: "You are a really clever girl, you got dressed before your mum came in."

In a statement to the court, Anne Glover, a chambermaid who worked at the Holiday Inn in 1977, claimed she had walked into the former star's bathroom to see him sitting in the bath with a girl she thought was around 12.

There was no suggestion it was the second victim, and the evidence was never put before the jury.

Ms Glover said: "It was clearly him as he had his big quiffy hair at the front that had been slicked back at the sides with big sideburns. I remember he had a black hairy chest, I could see him from the mid-ribs upwards and his skin was a normal pale colour.

"The girl who was sitting at the other end of the bath, I could only see from her shoulders upwards because of her size."

Two indecent assault charges related to a third girl, who was aged 13 when the singer invited her to sit on his lap in his dressing room between October 1979 and December 1980.

Wearing a silver sequinned jumpsuit unzipped to the navel, and silver platform boots, he forcefully kissed the youngster and then slid his hand up her skirt.

She had been taken backstage to meet her "idol" as a surprise arranged by her mother's partner, but after the attack in a club called Baileys in Watford, Glitter told the youngster it was their "secret".

It was only after his arrest under Operation Yewtree that the woman went to the police.

Glitter, from Marylebone, central London, denied all the allegations.

He claimed there was no way he could have abused the girls in his dressing room because his rigorous wig-maintenance routine required him to return to his suite immediately and clean his hairpiece.

Glitter is the fourth high-profile scalp to be claimed by the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree which has already seen former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis, children's entertainer Rolf Harris and PR Guru Max Clifford convicted of historic sexual offences.

Peter Watt, director of national services for children's charity the NSPCC, said: "Glitter was devious and manipulative throughout this trial. Thankfully the jury has seen through all the fake tears, and his attempts to paint his victims as liars, gold diggers or opportunistic fantasists.

"He tried to portray himself as the victim in this case, as a remorseful, penitent man who had paid for his previous crimes but now faced malicious new allegations. It was just another performance.

"His previous convictions, including those for possession of more than 4,000 indecent images of children and sexual assaults in Vietnam, were indicative of a predatory sexual interest in children spanning decades.

"At the height of his fame, he targeted vulnerable children and subjected them to sickening sexual attacks. Glitter recalled at his trial the screaming fans outside his home and at airports in the 1970s.

"He used the adoration of fans like these to violate young girls and satisfy his perversions, telling one victim that his assault was their 'secret'. The bravery of the women who told the court of their traumatic experiences means Glitter's dirty sham performance is now over and justice will finally be done."