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CBS '48 Hours' Troy Roberts reports fashion designer & 'Death at SoHo House'

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48 Hours” (CBS) can be seen each Saturday night at 10/9 p.m. The episode on Feb. 1, 2014 was called, “Death at SoHo House.” In the overnight TV ratings it grabbed 5.29 million TV viewers overall. It reached 0.8 in the all important 18 to 49 adult demographic. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) garnered 3.81 overall & 1.2 with adults. “20/20” (ABC) nabbed 2.95 overall & 0.8 with adults.

48 Hours” is a one hour crime investigative program covering the United States. Troy Roberts narrates this report. “Death at Soho House” opened with an introduction collage of the coming full episode.

Manhattan's trendiest neighborhood is filled with high-end clothing shops & nightclubs. Celebrities & elite customers co-mingle there. A swimsuit fashion designer named Sylvie Cachay launched her line called, “Syla” at age 29. Her father was a prominent surgeon & her mother was an artist. They knew their daughter would make it big as a designer in New York City.

Two years before her death, Sylvie's line of swimsuits on “Syla” landed major magazine covers such as “Vogue.” She was so in demand that her swimsuits also appeared on a “Sports Illustrated” magazine video. She had dated a well known photographer, but broke up with him to concentrate on her fashion line. In the summer of 2010, Sylvie met a young man named Nicholas Brooks who was 10 years younger than her.

Nicholas was the son of a songwriter who won an Academy Award (Oscar) for the 1970's mega-hit “You light up my life.” His father was named Joseph Brooks who set up a trust fund for Nicholas which he lived on. Six months after they met, Sylvie was found dead in a bath-tub at the SoHo House hotel in Manhattan. It was 2 a.m. when they found her body. She had a cut lip & choke bruises on her neck. There were also prescription pills nearby.

The hotel employees pointed Nicholas out to police detectives at 5 a.m.. He was intoxicated & had to sleep it off at the police station. He wrote a statement saying that he had rough sex with Sylvie the night before explaining the bruises on her neck. They were at her apartment when candles burned Sylvie's $3,000 bed. They decided to go to SoHo House at 12.35 a.m. Both Sylvie & Nicholas were caught on cameras in the hotel.

Sylvie looked intoxicated on those cameras, but an employee who helped her to the room said she was exhausted. That's why she was staggering. Nicholas left to attend a bar a little after 2 a.m. It was at that time when Sylvie's bathtub water was leaking into the rooms below. - Did Nicholas choke Sylvie to death? Did Sylvie just fall asleep & drown in her bath-tub? You can watch the full episode of “Death at SoHo House” on the official website of “48 Hours.”



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