Joseph Brooks pleads not guilty to sexual assault
Joseph Brooks, songwriter and director behind You Light Up My Life, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of raping or sexually assaulting women who answered audition ads on Craigslist, the AP reports. Bail for the 71-year-old was set at $500,000.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says nine of the 11 victims -- who ranged in ages from 18 to 30 -- answered an ad seeking women to audition for acting roles. Brooks, who won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the 1977 ballad (later made into a movie about a comedian who has a one-night stand with a director), faces 91 criminal counts, including rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, criminal mischief, forcible touching and grand larceny.
Brooks has until Thursday to post bail, when the case will be adjourned until Aug. 11.