A Hollywood skincare expert with celebrity clients including Jennifer Aniston and Nicki Minaj has been arrested for allegedly plotting to have a business rival killed, according to police.
Dawn DaLuise, 55, is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill Gabriel Suarez after mistakenly concluding that he was behind cyberstalking rape threats against her.
She remains in custody after being arrested last week, while a former friend of hers who investigators allege was the real person behind the online threats was released on US$150,000 bail.
DaLuise runs the Skin Refinery clinic in West Hollywood. Among the "loyal clients" listed on her website were Hollywood actresses Alicia Silverstone and Christina Ricci.
Last July, she became aware of sexually explicit flyers with her photo, and ads posted on Craigslist suggesting she was looking for men to act out a rape fantasy.
"The ads included the address, phone number, and photo of Dawn DaLuise," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Mike Parker.
DaLuise believed they were posted by aesthetician Suarez, who had opened a shop a few doors down from Skin Refinery.
Parker said DaLuise "began communications … in an effort to hire someone to kill the person she believed was trying to solicit rape against her."
Investigators arrested her on March 5 and she remains behind bars in lieu of US$1 million bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned this week.
Meanwhile investigators allege that Edward Feinstein, a former friend who allegedly fell out with DaLuise, distributed the flyers, posted the Craiglist ads and sent out mass e-mails.
Feinstein was arrested this week and charged with stalking.