Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, has been taken into custody at a London police station by officers working on Operation Yewtree, which is investigating the allegations of child abuse by Jimmy Savile and others.
Gadd has already served three years in Vietnam for child sex offences.
Met Police confirmed that officers had "arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation".
"The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 BST on suspicion of sexual offences. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others'."