A Hollywood beauty specialist stands accused of plotting to murder a rival she believed was harassing her, according to police.
Dawn DaLuise, whose clients include Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Silverstone and Nicki Minaj, stands accused of plotting to kill a competitor who set up shop near her business, according to the LA Times:
The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood "skin refinery" that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her and she was the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials now allege that DaLuise tried to hire a hit man to kill Suarez, wrongly believing that he was behind a cyber-stalking campaign against her. Detectives said they found a plan for the hit in DaLuise's text messages, though it was never carried out.
Suarez told the LA Times he never noticed anything in her demeanor that suggested she might be plotting to murder him. "That she just thinks she has the right to kill a human – and me on top of that … It's just work, it's not that serious," he said.
The details of the crime are twisted and bizarre. DaLuise was convinced Suarez was harassing her anonymously, according to the LA Times. She was encouraged in her suspicions of Suarez by a friend named Edward Feinstein:
DaLuise began noticing lewd emails, fliers and at least one Craigslist posting targeting her. The Craigslist post said she wanted sexual liaisons that simulated rape and listed her home and business addresses. [Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Shaun] Mathers said that DaLuise assumed that Suarez was behind the online campaign and that it was an escalation of their business competition. She confided her suspicions to a friend [Feinstein].
"He says, essentially, 'Yeah, yeah, it's Gabriel.' He continues to egg her on," Mathers said. Feinstein "was pointing fingers at Gabriel and stalking her."
At that point, DaLuise allegedly reached out to a former NFL player she knew and talked about having Suarez killed. Mathers stressed the man took no steps to carry out the hit and is not under investigation. But the scheme began to unravel after DaLuise reported the harassment to the Sheriff's Department earlier this month, listing Feinstein as a potential witness. Detectives discovered text messages between the two in which DaLuise allegedly discussed the plan to have Suarez killed.
She was arrested "because of the impending danger," Mathers said.
But there's another bizarre twist, according to police. It turns out the messages that DaLuise believed were coming from Suarez were actually coming from Feinstein.
Feinstein, whose rap sheet includes felony credit card fraud, grand theft and identity theft, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stalking and later released on $150,000 bail. Mathers said Feinstein and DaLuise "had some beef," but that a motive still remains unclear. Suarez had nothing to do with the threats, the captain added.
Feinstein has since disappeared, according to police. All of this sounds like a real-life Coen Brothers movie. The only thing that's missing is an appearance by John Goodman.
It's all a sharp contrast to a woman who was known as a beauty expert to the stars. According to the LA Times, she had a variety of famous women as clients:
In 2007, she told Star Magazine she visited the set of "Friends" every other week because her client, actress Jennifer Aniston, was obsessed with getting frequent bikini waxes. And in 2011, her name swirled around celebrity blogs after she dished to the press a scene involving Nicki Minaj after DaLuise waxed her eyebrows and lip.
DaLuise appeared in court on Friday, but her arraignment was postponed. She has been charged with one count of solicitation of murder and is being held in on $1-million bail in the Los Angeles County jail.
Image via Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.