NEW YORK (AP) - An Academy Award-winning songwriter's son has pleaded not guilty to murdering his swimsuit designer girlfriend in a trendy New York City hotel.
About a dozen members of designer Sylvie Cachay's family converged on a Manhattan court for Nicholas Brooks' brief appearance Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Brooks is being held without bail.
The 33-year-old Cachay was found dead Dec. 9 in an overflowing bathtub at the Soho House hotel. Medical examiners have found she was strangled and drowned.
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Brooks' lawyer has said she was "absolutely fine" when Brooks last saw her.
The defendant's father is "You Light Up My Life" writer Joseph Brooks.