Oscar winning composer of "You Light Up My Life" raped 11 women, authorities charge.
Joesph Brooks, 71, allegedly lured 11 young women with CraigsList ads promising to turn them into stars.
Brooks who used his semi-fame from the 1977 Academy Award winning song to manipulate his victims to take a ride on his casting couch and then when they needed extra incentive he pulled out his Oscar and put in their hands.
NYPD Lt. Adam Lamboy of the Manhattan Special Victims Squad quoted Brooks saying ,
"This could be you. This could be you holding the Oscar. I could make you a star."
Brooks allegedly targeted naïve victims from Washington State and Oregon including former American Idol contestant Loretta Spruell of Seattle hoping they would be too tired from travelling to New York that they wouldn’t put up a fight.
Brooks turned himself in to NYPD to 82 counts of rape, sexual assault and worse. Brooks pleaded not guilty and was eventually released on $500,000 bond.
The reputed sexual assaults occurred between 2005 and 2008 and some of the victims were as young as 18.