Disgraced pop legend Gary Glitter wept in court on Wednesday (28Jan15) as he insisted he is not a paedophile despite his previous conviction for possessing child pornography.
The Rock and Roll (Part 1) hitmaker was jailed for four months in 1999, and has now been brought to trial in London over allegations he molested three underage girls during the height of his fame in the 1970s.
Glitter denies any wrongdoing, insisting claims he abused two of the victims in his dressing room after concerts could not be true because he would spent 90 minutes after each show carefully cleaning his on-stage wig.
On Wednesday, he again denied any wrongdoing and sobbed repeatedly as he told a jury at London's Southwark Crown Court that he has no sexual interest in minors despite his child porn conviction.
Discussing his previous court case, he said, "I was in a very bad place in myself at that time. I lost my family. I lost my dignity. I'm sorry. I lost everything."
He then added, "It has got to stop... this Internet porn of children."
When prosecutor John Price, Qc accused him of trying to "avoid responsibility", Glitter again broke down in tears and said, "I took responsibility. I said I was guilty. I went to prison. My life was completely destroyed after that. If I was trying to avoid it I wouldn't have pleaded guilty. I did do wrong. God knows I have paid for it. I do not have any sexual interest in children."
Glitter denies 10 charges relating to allegations of abuse against three girls between 1975 and 1980.
The trial continues.