Disgraced glam rock icon Gary Glitter attempted to rape a schoolgirl in her own bed at the height of his 1970s success, a British court has heard.

The convicted paedophile, who is facing 10 charges relating to alleged historic sex offences against three girls, was in court in London on Monday (19Jan15) as prosecutors opened their case against the rocker, real name Paul Gadd, who has denied charges of rape and indecent assault.

John Price Qc claimed the girl evaded Gadd's alleged sexual advances by curling up in a cocoon. She later locked herself in a bathroom as the rocker slept.

The unidentified female insists Gadd's actions were "a clear and unmistakable attempt to rape her", although he "behaved entirely as normal" the following day.

The woman eventually reported the incident to police two decades later after learning that the singer had admitted child pornography charges in 1999, revealing she thought there would be a better chance she would be believed.

Gadd is also accused of assaulting two young fans after concerts.

Price claimed one 12-year-old girl's mother was persuaded to leave her daughter alone with the star, who offered her champagne and then subjected the pre-teen to "a prolonged episode of sexual abuse" at hotels in the Midlands, England in 1977.

An alleged assault on a third girl had taken place in the star's dressing room at a nightclub in Watford, England, the court heard.

The case continues.

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