Cops arrest Gary Glitter in Jimmy Savile row

Gary Glitter

British police arrested convicted sex offender and former pop star Gary Glitter on Sunday as part of an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, media said.

Glitter, 68, as released on bail some 10 hours later. But the arrest the first to be reported in the case widened a scandal that has already damaged the reputation of the publicly-funded BBC and the legacy of Savile, a former DJ who was one of the broadcaster's top show hosts and a prolific charity fundraiser.

A police statement said a man in his 60s had been picked up just after 7 am on suspicion of sexual offences in the investigation termed Savile and others. The statement did not name the man and a spokesman declined further comment.

The BBC and Sky News identified the man picked up from his London home as Glitter. The BBC and Sky News showed footage of Glitter, who wore a hat, a dark coat and sunglasses, being taken from his home by officers and driven away.

Glitter was held by police for about 10 hours. He was seen leaving a police station in central London and, minutes later, return to his apartment, where he dodged questions by scores of waiting reporters and cameramen.

Police later said the man was bailed to return to the police station in mid-December 2012, pending further inquiries.

Glitter, best known for "Rock & Roll (Part 1&2),'' was convicted in 2006 in Vietnam of committing "obscene acts with children'' offenses involving girls aged 10 and 11. He was deported in 2008. The pop star had a previous conviction in Britain for possessing child pornography.

Victims' allegations broadcast by ITV include claims from one woman that she had seen Glitter having sex with an underage girl in Savile's BBC dressing room while Savile abused another girl. Glitter has denied the claim, according to the BBC.

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