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'Bling ring' lawyer indicted for allegedly bribing witness in another case

January 26, 2010 |  2:30 pm

A Sherman Oaks attorney who represents a key suspect in the "bling ring" celebrity burglary case has been indicted in a separate case for dissuading and bribing a witness, officials said today.

Sean G. Erenstoft, 42, pleaded not guilty this morning after the indictment was unsealed. Prosecutors allege the attorney, while representing a defendant in a stalking case, filed a civil case against the victim to dissuade her from testifying against the defendant at his preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors in the grand jury indictment also allege that Erenstoft later offered to drop the civil case in exchange for favorable testimony at his client’s sentencing.

Deputy L.A. County Dist. Atty. Paul Nunez of the justice system integrity division said the indictment charges Erenstoft with one count each of dissuading a witness, bribery of a witness and offering to bribe a witness.

Erenstoft was released on $100,000 bail. He is due back in court March 16 for a pretrial hearing.

Erenstoft represents Nicholas Prugo, 18, of Calabasas, who is charged with eight burglaries of celebrities' homes, including Paris HIlton's and Rachel Bilson's.

-- Richard Winton