Sun, Nov 20, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Vietnam probes former rock star Glitter

AP , HANOI

Vietnamese police have launched a criminal investigation into former British rock star Gary Glitter following allegations that he indulged in lewd acts with a minor, state media reported yesterday.

Police in southern Ba-Ria Vung Tau Province are investigating Glitter on charges of "obscene acts with a child," the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said.

Glitter, 61, who has been living in the coastal resort of Vung Tau since March, had been seen with two Vietnamese girls whom he later took to his home, it said.

Glitter fled his rented home a week ago, the report said.

A police manhunt for Glitter has stretched to Ho Chi Minh City, 80km northwest of Vung Tau, the newspaper said.

Vung Tau police said Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was allegedly involved with two girls under the age of 18 but declined to elaborate further on the case.

Glitter was convicted in Britain in 1999 of possessing child pornography and served half of a four-month jail sentence before being released.

He later went to Cambodia and was permanently expelled in 2002, though Cambodian officials did not specify his crime or file charges.

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