August 20, 2008
Shamed Gary Glitter refused to get on a flight to the UK last night - claiming he was having a heart attack.
The brazen pop star - freed from jail in Vietnam after molesting two girls - collapsed dramatically as he rowed with officials.
Glitter, 64, demanded to be taken to hospital from Bangkok airport. But immigration officers believed it was just a stunt to avoid his deportation to London. He wants to stay on in Thailand.
Earlier, Glitter flew out of Vietnam in the lap of luxury, sipping a cuppa in business class. The disgraced ex-pop star looked as if he didn't have a care in the world as he casually flicked through a magazine.
A witness said: 'Officials are scratching their heads as to what to do with him. No one wants him.'
The 70s glam rocker was earlier freed from Vietnam's Thu Doc jail and escorted by cops and a UK consulate official to the airport.
Glitter, jailed for abusing girls of 10 and 11, insisted on enjoying his new freedom in style.
He was upgraded from economy to business class for the 90-minute flight to Thai capital Bangkok and looked carefree as he enjoyed a cuppa and read a magazine.
The sex fiend - hiding behind a scarf, shades and a cap - shamelessly acted the prima donna by signing autographs for ghoulish travellers. He then demanded to be moved, claiming some were hassling him. One traveller said: 'He seemed relaxed but clearly wanted to keep himself to himself.'
Glitter - real name Paul Gadd - initially claimed he would comply with the order to return to Britain. His lawyer Le Thanh Kinh fibbed: 'He is happy to be going home.'
However, when the plane landed in Bangkok he refused to board the London-bound flight.
The stand-off ensued as Thai airport staff refused to let him through passport control into their country and the British cop made clear Singapore was unlikely to either.
Local human rights activist Sudarat Sereewat said: 'We will happily assist Mr Gadd to the intended destination in case he has second thoughts about stopping off here.'
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith yesterday outlined the tough reception he faces if he returns to Britain.
Ms Smith unveiled new curbs on sex tourists and vowed: 'I want Gary Glitter controlled while he's here. I don't want him able to go anywhere in the world to abuse children.'
The 70s star spent two months in jail in Britain in 1999 for downloading child porn.
As he will be on the UK sex offenders' list, he will have to notify authorities about any travel plans.
But Ms Smith said: 'With the sort of record he's got, he shouldn't be travelling anywhere in the world.'
Her new restrictions could see sex fiends like Glitter have their passports seized. They could also face a blanket ban on contacting under-16s.
She said: 'I want anyone who poses a threat to children dealt with as firmly as possible.'