Something is most likely fishy here:
A gorgeous Manhattan fashion designer was found dead in a tub at the swanky Soho House Thursday, and cops were questioning the son of sleazy songwriter Joseph Brooks.
Sylvie Cachay’s half-clothed body was submerged in the water faceup, with bruises on her neck and a bite mark on her hand, police sources said.
There were half-empty pill bottles near the cream-colored tub. Cachay, 33, wore only a black shirt and underwear, sources said.
The medical examiner was trying to determine if she was strangled. No one was charged.
More than 18 hours after the body was found in the fifth-floor hotel room, police were still grilling Cachay’s party-loving boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, 24.
The couple quarreled often – even when they’d hit the town, sources said.
“She would always pay, they would always be fighting,” said a source at a West Village bar. “They were s—-faced most of the time.”
Cachay’s publicist said the designer and Brooks – whose father is accused of raping starlets – had a troubled relationship.
Two weeks ago, Cachay, who had been divorced for years, wrote an email complaining her unemployed beau was acting erratically.
“The topic was her boyfriend, and it was not positive,” said the publicist, Kate Godici. “He has a lot of issues, is all I can say.
“I don’t think it was a healthy relationship,” Godici added. “I just think he’s unstable from what she’s told me.”
Cachay’s death stunned members of Soho House, a playpen of the rich and famous, and left her relatives reeling.
“It’s beyond understanding,” Cachay’s mother, Sylvia, said at the family home in McLean, Va.
“She was so beautiful. She was an artist. She was a fashion designer. She was an entrepreneur, a girl that spoke four languages.”
The super of Brooks’ East Village building described him as a “failed musician” and the couple as a mismatch.
“She was way out of his league. He just got lucky,” said Roddy Rodriguez.
Brooks’ Facebook page is loaded with pictures of him partying.
In one, the former University of Colorado student smiles with a bottle of Jack Daniels in hand. In another, he tokes on a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana.
Brooks grew up in England, where his mother lived, but spent summers at his dad’s place in the Hamptons, a friend said. They went on luxurious vacations with friends, sunning in Hawaii and skiing in Deer Valley, Utah.
“He was just a joy to be around, a sweetheart, not a mean bone in his body,” said a 26-year-old family friend .
Cachay lived in the West Village, where a small fire broke out late Wednesday night when a candle torched a pillow, sources said.
I heard her crying and him stomping around,” said a neighor who identified herself as Judy.
Friends speculated that the smoke might have led her to get a room at Soho House, where she was a member.
Cachay and Brooks checked into room 20 at the Meatpacking District club at about 12:20 a.m.
Cops were summoned about 3 a.m. after running bath water leaked into the room below, prompting a hotel staffer to enter the room and find the body.
While cops were still in the room, Brooks showed up at about 3:30 a.m., a police source said.
He talked freely to investigators but denied any link to her death.
“He claims she was alive, he left her at the hotel to get something to eat, and when he came back, she was the way she was,” a source said.
Another source said Brooks claimed to have struck up a friendship with a guy in the lobby and ate with him before returning.
Cops have video of Brooks’ movements after he left the room, which “helps give us a time line,” a source said.
Joseph Brooks, 72, who penned the ’70s ballad “You Light Up My Life,” said he was in the dark about his son’s involvement in the case.
“I don’t know,” the disheveled Oscar winner said when asked about the arrest.