Gary Giltter, the '70s glam rocker whose "Rock And Roll Part II" is a
standard in sports arenas nationwide, was arrested Tuesday in London after
images of child pornography were allegedly found on a computer he brought
in for repair. The 53-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was
released on bail without being charged after speaking with detectives, a
spokesperson for the flamboyant singer told Reuters.
Glitter's lawyer issued a statement asserting, "My client categorically
denies committing any offense," according to the British Press
Association news service. Neither Glitter nor his attorney would
Following his arrest, the rock star withdrew his participation from the
BBC's upcoming "Children In Need" TV charity appeal. A BBC spokesman told
the PA on Thursday, "Gary Glitter's manager had a conversation with
the 'Children In Need' production office this morning and it was mutually
agreed he wouldn't appear on the show."
Glitter was taken into police custody after employees at a computer repair
shop found indecent images on the hard drive of a computer the singer
wanted repaired, according to the report. The spokesperson also confirmed
to Reuters that videos and indecent photographs depicting children were
seized during a raid at an address in London. There was no word on whether
the residence belonged to Glitter.
The singer is best known for his anthemic "Rock And Roll Part II," which
for years has been used to rouse fans into shouting "hey!" at sporting
events. In 1996, Glitter, who often performs in outrageous clothes and
platform shoes, attempted a comeback in Britain with his cover of the
Animals' song "House Of The Rising Sun," which he played on the "Top Of The
Pops" show in December of last year.
Glitter, who also performed with the Who during last year's Quadrophenia
tour, is set to embark on a 25th anniversary tour in England next month. A
spokesman for Glitter told the PA that the tour, which has become an
annual event, will continue as planned.
Although he's sold almost 20 million albums over the past two-and-a-half
decades, Glitter has gone bankrupt, battled drug addiction and attempted
suicide at least twice during his up and down career. Most recently he
portrayed himself in the upcoming film from the Spice Girls. His music was
also featured in the English indie film The Full Monty, released
late last summer. -- Jon Vena [Thurs., Nov. 20, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]