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Former Rock Star Glitter Pays Families in Vietnam Sex Case

The lawyer for former British rock star Gary Glitter says he has paid money to the families of Vietnamese girls he is accused of sexually abusing.

The lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, says Glitter gave $2,000 each to the families of two underage girls (ages 11 and 12) after they agreed to write letters to the court asking that the case be dropped.

The 61-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, has been detained since November 19 under suspicion of committing obscene acts with a child, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison.

He was arrested at Ho Chi Minh City airport while trying to board a flight to Bangkok.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.