Trials

Oscar Winner's Alleged Rape

Does Phil Spector need a cellmate? Joseph Brooks, 71, the Oscar-winning composer who wrote "You Light Up My Life" has been charged with 82 counts of rape, sexual assault, and other crimes against 11 different women, the New York Post reports. Brooks allegedly advertised on Craigslist and talent sites as an "Oscar-winning composer" looking for a "new face," lured women as young as 18 to his apartment, and then attacked them. His ploy was cliché, cops said. He allegedly told women they were trying out for the part of a wine-drinking prostitute, and asked them to drink glasses of wine "repeatedly and quickly" before urging them to disrobe and forcing himself on them. Brooks' assistant allegedly helped him select victims and is scheduled to turn herself in next week on nine counts of criminal facilitation.