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Huge bail set for casting couch rape case

The News Leader

January 22, 2010 4:53:02 PM PST
"You Light Up My Life" writer Joseph Brooks has a week to come up with a $3 million bond - or $1.5 million in cash - to stay out of jail in his New York sexual assault case. A Manhattan judge increased the Academy Award-winning songwriter's previous $250,000 bail Friday but gave him until Jan.

29 to post it.

His lawyer says he's unsure whether Brooks can produce the money.

The bail boost came after prosecutors upped the charges against Brooks, who's accused of forcing himself on 13 women. Prosecutors say he lured victims by inviting them to audition for movie roles.

Brooks has pleaded not guilty to predatory sexual assault and other charges. The 71-year-old faces at least 10 years in prison if convicted.


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