13 More Accuse "Light Up My Life" Composer of Sex Assault: Prosecutors | NBC New York

13 More Accuse "Light Up My Life" Composer of Sex Assault: Prosecutors



    Joseph Brooks, 71, is accused of raping or sexually assaulting 26 women.

    Prosecutors said they found 13 more women crying sexual abuse by the "You Light Up My Life" songwriter and father of 24-year-old accused in a Meatpacking District hotel murder.

    Joseph Brooks is already charged with numerous counts of sexual assault stemming from accusations that he attacked 13 young women after  luring them to his apartment with promises of acting jobs, the New York Post reported.

    The 72-year-old composer learned of the accusations--which double the number of  similar complaints against him --when he appeared in court Friday morning.

    The additional 13 accusers will not be added to the Oscar-winning composer's 90-plus count indictment because their cases are too old to prosecute, among other reasons, assistant district attorney  Maxine Rosenthal told the Post.

    Brooks pleaded not guilty last year to abusing the first 13 women, which carries a potential life sentence.

    The songwriter won an Oscar for best original song for the Debby Boone ballad "You Light Up My Life." He also wrote and directed the eponymous 1977 movie.

    Brooks' son, Nicholas, briefly appeared in court Jan. 4 to plead not guilty to murdering his swimsuit designer girlfriend, Sylvie Cashay, at the SoHo house.

    The 33-year-old Cachay was found dead Dec. 9 in an overflowing bathtub at the Soho House hotel. Medical examiners have found she was strangled and drowned.