Joseph Brooks, who won an Oscar for the song You Light Up My Life, and who was also going to be on trial for rape, has committed suicide.
Maybe not too oddly if the accusations are true, also his son is on trial for murder:
In 2009, Brooks was arrested on charges of raping 11 young actresses whom he lured to his apartment with the promise of movie roles. He was awaiting trial on 82 counts of sexual abuse.
His son, Nicholas Brooks, 25, is awaiting trial on charges that he strangled his girlfriend, swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay, at the posh Soho House private club last year.
The 73 year old musician was found with a plastic bag around his head, and a tube leading from it to a helium tank. Apparently he DID leave a note, but nothing has been released on it yet.
Nothing about this is fun to write about. If he was guilty, which given the circumstances it looks like he had some reasons to take his own life, then the biggest tragedy here is that he escaped punishment for what he did to those young women.
The situation is then despicable and cowardly, and our hearts will always go out to those women who had been abused.
[Image via AP Images.]
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