Reclusive rock star Gary Glitter returned to the spotlight on Thursday (19Jun14) as he appeared in court to face child sex charges.

The glam rock icon, who has been charged with eight sex assaults on two girls as young as 12, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London under his real name Paul Gadd.

He is facing six counts of indecent assault, one count of "administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse", and one of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13. The alleged offences date from between 1977 and 1980.

During the brief hearing, Gadd spoke only to confirm his name and personal details, and when the deputy chief magistrate questioned why the veteran star was wearing sunglasses in court, his defence attorney Christopher Ware insisted his client has a "medical condition".

Gadd was released on bail and will appear at Southwark Crown Court in London on 3 July (14).