Sonya Dakar, facialist to the famous, pleads not guilty in battery charge

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This morning, a lawyer representing Sonya Dakar, facialist to the famous, entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of battery on her client’s behalf in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Beverly Hills. Dakar, who was not present at the proceeding, was arrested July 29 after allegedly attempting to bite the hand of an inspector from the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology during a routine inspection July 29. (See the original story here).

Judge H. Chester Horn Jr. said that as a condition of her continued release on $20,000 bond, Dakar was not to interfere with any inspection efforts on behalf of the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology and that she was not to act as manager of the skin-care clinic that bears her name at 9975 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. “There needs to be a manager other than Ms. Dakar,” he advised Dakar’s attorney.


The case is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing Oct. 7.

-- Adam Tschorn

Facialist to the stars Sonya Dakar, left, with Paula Abdul at a 2007 Emmy gifting lounge. Credit: Michael Bezjian / WireImage