Gary Glitter, veteran glam rock star, was charged last night with 50 offences involving child pornography allegedly downloaded from the Internet.
Glitter (54) was bailed by Bristol police after a six-hour interview at the Staple Hill station and is due to appear before Avon magistrates on May 18.
The singer was charged in his real name Paul Francis Gadd under the 1978 Child Protection Act with 50 counts of “making indecent pseudo photographs”, which according to police, is a legal term used in this case because the images exist digitally rather in paper format. This points to their origination from pornographic websites.
He was additionally charged with 50 alternative offences regarding the possession of indecent photographs of children under the age of 16.
Glitter faces three years’ imprisonment if convicted. The singer was arrested in November last year after staff at a Bristol computer repair store noted the material in question stored on the computer the singer had brought in for attention and notified police.
Glitter’s solicitor, Henri Brandman, said outside the police station: “Gary maintains he is totally innocent of any wrong-doing. As charges have now been brought neither he nor I will be making any further comment. He is in good spirits and will be continuing with his career.”
The singer, nicknamed The Leader by fans, returned to Britain on Saturday following a three-month holiday in Havana with his Cuban girl-friend Yudenia Sosa Martinez (25).