Fallen pop star Gary Glitter has told a court he was sexually abused as a child.

The glam rock legend is on trial in London for allegedly molesting three girls at the height of his fame in the 1970s, and on Wednesday (28Jan15) he was quizzed by prosecutors about his 1999 conviction for possessing child porn.

Glitter - real name Paul Gadd - insisted he is not a paedophile before suggesting he might have been viewing the depraved images to "work out" his feelings over his own childhood.

He told a jury at London's Southwark Crown Court, "I was abused as a child so maybe I was trying to work my own feelings out. Today it would not happen, I have no interest in looking at that awful porn now. (I have) absolutely no interest at all, it has destroyed my life, it has destroyed my family's life and it has most likely destroyed all those poor victims' lives. I have total empathy for those poor children."

Glitter, 70, denies 10 charges of sexually abusing three girls between 1975 and 1980.

The trial continues.

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