Composer's Son Charged In Soho House Death
Nicholas Brooks, the son of "You Light Up My Life" songwriter Joseph Brooks, was charged Friday with the counts of attempted murder and strangulation in the death of swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay. Cachay's body was found submerged in a bathtub at New York's upscale Soho House early Thursday morning.
Though it is believed that Brooks injured Cachay, he was not charged with murder because the District Attorney "can't prove, at least not yet, that those injuries caused her death," a police source told The New York Daily News.
Brooks was taken into police custody about three hours after Cachay's body was discovered and was interrogated until he asked for his attorney Friday morning. Brooks claims to have last seen Cachay around 2:15 am when he left the room to go drinking with a friend. Hotel surveillance cameras do not show anyone besides Brooks leaving or entering the room the entire night, notes the Wall Street Journal.
An autopsy on Cachay was inconclusive about the cause of death. Police took saliva swabs from Brooks, searched his body for marks and checked beneath his fingernails for skin traces on Friday.
Brooks' father won the Oscar for best original song in 1977 and also directed, wrote and produced the You Light Up My Life movie.
He is currently awaiting trial in Manhattan for the sexual assault of 11 women. Charges include rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act and assault.