Oscar-winning songwriter JOSEPH BROOKS has been charged with raping 11 women.
The 71 year old is due to be arraigned on the sexual assault charges in New York on Tuesday (23Jun09).
According to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, a number of the alleged victims answered online adverts seeking women to audition for acting roles.
His assistant Shawni Lucier has also been charged with criminal facilitation. Prosecutors allege she helped arrange for the women to visit Brooks at his New York apartment.
The songwriter won an Academy Award for the tune You Light Up My Life, from his 1977 movie of the same name - about a comedian who has a one-night stand with a director.
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