Ashley Dupre and Eliot Spitzer
Joseph Brooks, the accused casting couch serial rapist who won an Oscar for composing "You Light Up My Life," was an avid -- but deeply troublesome -- customer of a New York City escort service that also supplied women to disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer, the New York Post reported Tuesday, citing the service's former madam.
Brooks, 72 -- whose son Nicholas, 24, is being held over charges he strangled ex-girlfriend Sylvie Cachay in the Soho House hotel -- hired "hundreds" of young-looking escorts from 2005 until 2008 and paid $1,000 to $1,600 per hour for their company, claimed "Manhattan Madam" Kristin Davis.
But Brooks allegedly got his jollies having some escorts read him a cheesy script about him being "handsome." He was periodically blacklisted by Davis for playing head games with the women, trying to stiff them out of money and hiding their purses, she said.
He also had a tendency to abruptly send them away if they looked much older than 18, she added.
"Spitzer and Joe Brooks were very much alike, and those were probably two of the worst clients that I had," Davis said. "They both have very little respect for the girls that are working, and they are steamrollers who do whatever they want."
Brooks was indicted in 2008 and charged with raping and sexually assaulting 13 aspiring actresses he allegedly lured to New York after advertising movie auditions on Craigslist.
Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal said Jan. 28. that 12 new witnesses offered to testify against Brooks at his trial.
Brooks was expected to be back in court for more pretrial discussions March 4.
Spitzer resigned from New York's top job after he was named in prostitution sting involving call girl Ashley Dupre.