A judge on Wednesday postponed the scheduled court appearance of a “Bling Ring” crew leader accused of stalking and soliciting the rape of a West Hollywood skin-care specialist who was acquitted earlier this year on charges in a separate case.
Nicholas Prugo, 24, and Edward Feinstein, 31, allegedly posted an ad on the Internet on Jan. 22, 2014, soliciting men to rape aesthetician Dawn Daluise. They also continually schemed to harass her and her two adult daughters between Dec. 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office news released stated.
Both men were arrested and charged with one count each of solicitation to commit sexual assault and three counts of stalking.
Prugo had been slated to be arraigned Wednesday, with prosecutors expected to request his bail be set at $485,000. The two defendants' arraignments were postponed until Oct. 6, said Jane Robinson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
The convoluted story began when Daluise was arrested in 2014 for allegedly soliciting the murder of a competitor, Gabriel Suarez, who had opened a store next to her West Hollywood business.
Daluise was acquitted in January, and filed a lawsuit three months later accusing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials of failing to investigate Feinstein, a witness against her in the case, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Feinstein had stalked Daluise, and was connected to a Craigslist ad that stated she wanted to participate in a rape fantasy and included her home address, the lawsuit claimed.
Several men allegedly went to Daluise’s home because of the ad and she received threatening emails, the Times reports.
Feinstein faces up to seven years in county jail if convicted, and has been released on $450,000 bail. He is schedule to appear in court on Oct. 6, according to the DA.
Prugo, who Daluise previously described as a friend, faced up to 14 years because of a previous conviction.
In that case, Prugo was charged with being a member of the “Bling Ring,” a group of teens and 20-somethings who netted more than $3 million after burglarizing the celebrity homes of Megan Fox, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and others.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree residential burglary and served one year of a two-year sentence, the Times reports.
KTLA's John A. Moreno contributed to this report.