Oscar winning song writer and director, Joseph Brooks has been arrestd and charged with rape and sexual assault after he lured at least four women into a sex for movie role scam.
The 70 year old director allegedly posted ads on Craigslist to lure women back to his Upper East Side home in Manhattan and audition for future movie roles, where he then sexually assaulted them.
Brooks has been inicted by a Manhattan Grand Jury as a suspect in two rapes, a sodomy case and two sexual assaults, the New York Daily News is reporting.
Two of the victims said they had been doped with date-rape drugs, sources said. Others believe their drinks were spiked. Toxicology results have been inconclusive.
The first of the alleged assaults occurred in November 2006, and involved a 22-year-old woman who said she was sexually abused at the Carlyle Hotel.
Another assault allegedly took place in Brooks’ apartment in May 2007. Three more took place over a two-week stretch near Brooks’ 70th birthday in March 2008, law enforcement sources said.
Brooks compose the song, “You Light Up My Life” and co-directed the movie Eddy and the Cruisers. In recent years he has written ad jingles for companies like Pepsi, among others.