Egyptian Tycoon Condemned to Death

A Relationship Soured, Tamim Feared for Her Life

What is clear in the public eye was the bitter fighting between Maatouk and the Tamim family. The jilted husband filed more than a dozen lawsuits against Tamim, cases that made tabloid headlines.

Tamim's troubled personal life broadly overshadowed her music. With Maatouk in control of her recording contract, her career came to a halt. Local newspapers reported that as Tamim traveled to Syria and Egypt Maatouk tried to bar her from performing, claiming breach of contract with his production house, Arab European Record Company. She moved to Cairo, where a powerful media executive introduced her to Hisham Talaat Moustafa, a billionaire politician and real estate mogul whose high-end properties include the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, her lawyer and parents said.

"Someone had given her Moustafa as a contact and told her if she ever needed anything in Egypt then to get in touch," Tamim's father said.

"She went to Maatouk to get rid of Mouzanner, then to Talaat Moustafa to get rid of Maatouk," he said.

Joe Raad, Tamim's friend and stylist, traveled to see her in Cairo. At that point Tamim described Moustafa as a patron, one who could help her finalize the break with Maatouk.

"She saw in him the person who could protect her and the person who could remove her from her problems. I think that's why she got involved with Talaat," said Raad.

"When Talaat met Suzan she enamored him and he wanted to marry here and there are those who say that they [had a temporary marriage], some who say his family didn't allow it. She died and took her secrets with her," said Issa, based on her reporting on the Tamim case.

Tamim's family would not clarify the extent of Tamim's relationship with Moustafa, saying it tied into the murder trial. If Tamim and Moustafa had a temporary marriage -- a less permanent, but still formal marriage contract in Islam, it would have made any sexual relations between them "bil halal," meaning it wasn't sinful.

A Tamim family lawyer did confirm that Tamim and Moustafa were "friends" and made it clear that, over time, their relations soured. Tamim's stylist, Joe Raad, says she became increasingly paranoid and started traveling with a bodyguard.

"She was full of fear and anxiety. She had a feeling that something was going to happen to her. She would always tell me 'I'm afraid,'" said Raad.

"Through her manner I could tell that Moustafa was not just a jealous man, but more than that -- possessive, but extremely generous."

Issa said she visited Tamim her home in Egypt, a high-security house in Cairo's affluent Dokki district.

"She was living in a very well-protected area," said Issa. "She was scared of being followed. She was afraid."

"As I was leaving, I told her, 'Why do you keep getting yourself into these situations? Stop letting [men] use you like this.' She told me that this was the last time, that she would finish with her problems and restart her career."

Tamim left Cairo and moved to London. She met Riad Alazzawi, a British-Iraqi kick boxer who met Tamim in Harrod's department store. The two became close and married - a lawyer for Alazzawi told ABC News the two had a marriage certificate from a British court.

Alazzawi says the couple was harassed and receiving threatening phone calls - threats he believe came from Hisham Talaat Moustafa, angry that Tamim had left Egypt.

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