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LONDON — Police investigating child sex abuse allegations against the
late BBC television host Jimmy Savile arrested former glam rock star
and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter on Sunday, British media
reported, raising further questions about whether Savile was at the
center of a broader pedophile ring.
Police would not directly identify the suspect arrested Sunday, but
media including the BBC and Press Association reported he was the
The musician, whose real name is Paul Gadd, made it big with the
crowd-pleasing hit “Rock & Roll (Part 2),” a mostly instrumental
anthem that has been a staple at American sporting events, thanks to its
catchy “hey” chorus. But he fell into disgrace after being convicted on
child abuse charges in Vietnam.
Sunday’s arrest was the first in a widening scandal over Savile’s
alleged sex crimes, which started garnering attention earlier this month
when a television documentary showed several women claiming that Savile
abused them when they were teenagers. Hundreds of potential victims
have since come forward to report similar claims to police against
Savile, a much-loved children’s TV presenter and disc jockey who died at
the age of 84 last year.
Most have alleged abuse by Savile, but some said they were abused by
Savile and others. Most claimed they were assaulted in their early
The scandal has raised questions about whether the BBC, the publicly
funded and trusted broadcaster, had ignored crimes it suspected over
several decades. Its executives have apologized and vowed to uncover the
true scale of the alleged abuse.
“The BBC’s reputation is on the line,” Chris Patten, the chairman of
the BBC Trust, wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. “The BBC risks
squandering public trust because one of its stars over three decades was
apparently a sexual criminal … and because others – BBC employees and
hangers-on – may also have been involved.”
On Sunday, 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.
Police would not directly identify the suspect, but when asked about
Glitter a spokesman said the force arrested a man in his 60s early
Sunday morning in London on suspicion of sexual offenses in connection
with the Savile probe. He was released later Sunday and was due to
return to a London police station in December for further questioning,
police said. British police do not generally identify suspects under
arrest by name until they are charged.
Glitter, known for his shiny jumpsuits and bouffant wigs, was jailed
in Britain in 1999 for possessing child pornography, and convicted in
2006 in Vietnam of committing “obscene acts with children” – offenses
involving girls aged 10 and 11. He was deported back to Britain in 2008.
In 2006, the NFL advised its football teams not to use the Glitter version of “Rock and Roll (Part 2)” at games.
One witness recently told a BBC-TV show that she once saw Glitter
having sex with a schoolgirl in Savile’s dressing room at the
broadcaster’s TV center in the 1970s. Glitter has denied the
Police have said that though the majority of cases it is
investigating relate to Savile alone, some involve the entertainer and
other unidentified suspects. In addition, some potential victims who
reported abuse by Savile also told police about separate allegations
against unidentified men that did not involve the BBC host.
The scandal has horrified Britain with revelations that Savile, the
longtime host of the popular BBC shows “Top of the Pops” and “Jim will
Fix It,” allegedly cajoled and coerced vulnerable teens into having sex
with him in his car, his camper van, and even in dingy dressing rooms on
BBC premises. Police describe him as one of the worst sex offenders in
The BBC has set up an independent inquiry into the corporation’s
culture and practices in the years Savile worked there. It also launched
a separate inquiry into why its managers shelved an investigation into
But the scandal continues to put the broadcaster under pressure, and
it seems likely that more people – either outside or inside the
corporation – could be implicated.
“It could be the beginning of other high-profile arrests,” Roy
Greenslade, a journalism professor at London’s City University, said in
an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday.
Max Clifford, a prominent public relations guru, claimed that dozens
of celebrities from the 1960s and 1970s have approached him to express
fear that they could be drawn into to the scandal and criticized for
their hedonistic behavior in the past.
Greenslade said that while Glitter’s arrest must be a huge concern to
the BBC, it is too early to say that the broadcaster’s reputation is in
“If any BBC employee is shown to be involved, then there would be a
nosedive in public trust,” he said. “But nothing at the moment has been
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