NEW YORK (CBS/WCBS/AP) Prosecutors say Nicholas Brooks, the son of an Oscar-winning composer, couldn't accept that his girlfriend Sylvie Cachay, who was found dead in a tub at an upscale Manhattan hotel, wanted to break up with him.
Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Brooks was ordered held without bail, as he was charged with attempted murder and strangulation Saturday in his first court appearance.
Cachay was found dead around 3 a.m. Thursday in her room at the Soho House hotel.
Brooks' attorney, Jeffrey C. Hoffman, said Saturday before his court appearance that Cachay was absolutely fine" when last seen by her boyfriend.
"There's no question in my mind that he's not guilty of any criminal charges in this case," Hoffman said.
Police say the death was a homicide. The medical examiner's office has not ruled on a cause of death pending toxicology test results, which could take days.
People who knew Cachay said she had recently broken up with Brooks, but she had checked into the hotel with him just a few days earlier.
Cachay and Brooks had been dating for about six months, according to her mother, Sylvia Cachay of McLean, Virginia. But she said her daughter had told her two weeks ago that the relationship was over.
He's the son of composer Joseph Brooks, a 1978 Academy Award- winner for the ballad "You Light Up My Life." Joseph Brooks has pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges after being accused of sexually assaulting 11 women who came to his Manhattan apartment to audition for supposed movie roles.