Joseph Brooks, Oscar-winning songwriter and accused rapist, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment today
in what police are calling a suicide. He was 73. Brooks was found with a dry cleaning bag over his head, near a hose attached to a helium tank. Police have a suicide note but will not release it. Brooks was awaiting trial on charges that he raped several young actresses who he lured to his apartment promising them film auditions. He was charged with a stunning 82 counts of sexual abuse. On top of that, his son, 25-year-old Nick Brooks, is also in trouble with the law: he's accused of strangling his girlfriend
Sylvie Cachay at SoHo House. The Brooks family saga is beginning to resemble a Shakespeare tragedy.