Designer was OK when boyfriend left NY hotel

NEW YORK (AP) - A defense lawyer for a songwriter's son accused of choking his swimsuit designer girlfriend says the woman was "absolutely fine" when the boyfriend last saw her at a posh Manhattan hotel. She was later found dead in a bathtub there.

Attorney Jeffrey Hoffman said Saturday that Nicholas Brooks was "not guilty of any criminal charges in this case."

The 24-year-old Brooks was awaiting arraignment after being arrested on charges of attempted murder and strangulation.

Sylvie Cachay was found dead around 3 a.m. Thursday in an overflowing tub at the Soho House hotel. Police say the death has been ruled a homicide.

Brooks is the son of Joseph Brooks, who won an Academy Award for best original song for the 1977 ballad "You Light Up My Life."

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