The prosecutor investigating Harvey Weinstein indicted another Oscar winner—who then killed himself

Friday, 10 November 2017, 03:21:52 PM. Prosecutor named Maxine Rosenthal rose to present the case against past-his-prime Oscar winner.
Share U.S. When a past-his-prime Oscar winner walked into a Manhattan courtroom to face charges he lured young women into his apartment or hotel room so he could drug and rape them, a prosecutor named Maxine Rosenthal rose to present the case against him. “He knows how many women it is that he has sexually assaulted,” Rosenthal said at that June 23, 2009 arraignment. “He has been engaging in this kind of behavior for almost four decades.” But while her statements to the court now bring to mind the accusations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, on that 2009 day Rosenthal was prosecuting another Oscar winner: songwriter Joseph Brooks, who wrote the song “You Light Up My Life.” Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Both men were accused of using their Hollywood success to coerce young women into sex. And besides the fact that both men won Academy Awards and the eerie similarities between their alleged sexual assaults, Weinstein and Brooks have something else in common: both were investigated by Rosenthal, a veteran prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Harvey Weinstein attends the 'Lion' premiere and opening ceremony of the 12th Zurich Film Festival at Kino Corso on September 22, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2. Alexander Koerner/Getty Images After actress Paz de la Huerta said in a Vanity Fair article last week that Weinstein raped her twice,...Read more
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