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Songwriter Best Known For "You Light Up My Life" Charged With Rape

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City prosecutor says the Oscar-winning songwriter and director behind "You Light Up My Life" has been charged with rape and sexual assault.

Police said previously that several women accused Joseph Brooks of luring them to his home and sexually assaulting them while they auditioned for movie roles.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says the criminal charges will be discussed at a news conference Tuesday.

Brooks won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the 1977 ballad "You Light Up My Life." He also wrote and directed the film of the same name. The romantic comedy is about a comedian who has a one-night stand with a director.

Brooks' attorney, Jeff Hoffman, did not immediately return a call requesting comment.


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