In 2006, amid widespread praise, Sylvie launched a stylish swimwear line called Syla. She was determined to become a household name. In 2010, on a New York summer night, she met Nicholas Brooks, who became her boyfriend shortly after.
Although Sylvie and Nick were at different stages in life, they bonded after Sylvie's dog was run over by a car on their first date.
But their six-month relationship was tumultuous, marked by breakups and reconciliations. As 2010 came to an end, their incompatibility had become obvious. Watch: Death at Soho House
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Sylvie's email to Nick
The day before Sylvie's death, there was another confrontation between the couple.
Sylvie's brother says his sister was suspicious of Nick after she noticed excessive amount of withdrawals from her bank account. She sent Nick an email accusing him of stealing and threatening to call police.
A busboy brought a bucket of ice to Room 20. Nick met him in the hallway and they entered the room together. The busboy later testified that during the short time he was in Room 20, he didn't see anyone else.