Dallas prosecutors move to dismiss all charges against Anand Jon
Locked-up fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander claims conspiracy put him behind bars for rape charges
Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander had been sentenced to 59 years to life for sexual assault and rape charges in California, but is convinced he will get out of jail someday soon. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)
NEW YORK — Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has been portrayed as a predator and monster in coast- to-coast cases accusing him of raping aspiring models he lured to his apartment with the promise of fame. But here's how Alexander sees himself: an accomplished artist featured on "America's Next Top Model" who once worked with the likes of Paris Hilton, a practitioner of yoga, an admitted philanderer — but not a criminal. "We were all searching for companionship. We were all searching for success," he said during a jailhouse interview this week with The Associated Press. "The expectations were different. We got so caught up in the whole hype." The 38-year-old is lanky, with a wide grin, thick black hair stylishly cut and Buddy Holly glasses tucked into the front of his drab prison jumpsuit. He is relaxed and articulate as he explains why he believes he was a victim and says his conviction and sentence of 59 years to life will be overturned based on new evidence that he says exposes a conspiracy."I have 100 percent faith and confidence that I will be freed," Alexander said shortly after ￼a court appearance in Manhattan, one of several jurisdictions where he's faced criminal charges. Alexander was on the brink of fame and fortune, living a fast life of women, celebrities and travel, until allegations surfaced in 2007 that he was preying on wannabe models... During this era, he said, he wasn't good at separating business from pleasure. He dated multiple women at once; most he met online. They traveled with him and stayed with him in his apartments in New York and Beverly Hills. Many of these women would later go on to accuse him of forcing them to perform lurid sex acts. Alexander willingly admits he was a lousy, selfish boyfriend who was taking advantage of his newfound fame. "My culture created the Kama Sutra," the Kerala, India-born Alexander said, referring to an ancient Hindu text on sexual behavior. "Sex is not something that intimidates me."But he said he didn't force women into 7 anything. While he was working on a deal to take his brand public, he says, the conspiracy was growing slowly around him, made up of angry, bitter women who felt partially responsible for his success and wanted more than he was giving them. "It was all about me and my brand. I spoiled a lot of relationships," he said. "Some of the things — the speed of the lifestyle, how much I affected them emotionally — I can understand how some of these people were hurt." Los Angeles prosecutors have a different take. Alexander was convicted there in 2008 on more than a dozen counts, including rape and multiple counts of committing a lewd act on a child. Evidence relied heavily on the testimony of accusers..Prosecutors played a homemade videotape in which Alexander asked a 17-year-old girl to strip and then assaulted her. The girl said on the tape that she was 18 but testified in court that Alexander told her to lie about her age.
Alexander is convinced the women who accused him of rape and sexual assault conspired against him. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)
Seven other women were called to tell jurors about alleged assaults in New York and Texas, where the designer was also indicted. The Associated Press does not generally name people who have said they were sexually abused. Alexander was found not guilty of four felonies and jurors could not reach a verdict on three counts. He was sentenced to 59 years to life. A trial appeal was denied.What they didn't have during trial were email exchanges between some of the women that Alexander and his defense say prove they were conspiring. Alexander says he now has messages that show they were recruiting women for the case. The messages discuss false promises, money and how he "pressured them," which isn't a crime, his defense said. Alexander says they hacked into his MySpace page. He says they didn't have enough to get prosecutors interested, so they trolled for more women online and brainwashed his most recent fling. Her trip to the Beverly Hills police touched off his arrest. "And then the next day, 20 cops with guns arrested me," he said. Alexander also says he has evidence of prosecutorial and juror misconduct. During trial, a male juror contacted his sister, Sanjana. But the judge could not uncover whether any misconduct occurred because district attorney investigators intercepted the juror before he could meet with Sanjana Jon, who was wearing a wire. After the verdict, Alexander was brought to New York. Prosecutors here said they allowed him to plead guilty earlier this year to one charge of criminal sexual act to spare the victims from testifying at two trials. He was sentenced last week to what amounted to time served. He is still awaiting charges in Dallas and Houston. Meanwhile, his attorney is working on filing the paperwork with a California judge they hope will overturn his conviction. Alexander's sister has held fundraisers in India attended by Bollywood stars. Stories in Indian media proclaim his innocence. Dozens of supporters attended his sentencing in New York. His company is on hold. Alexander waits. "The truth tends to surface," he said.
By SHAYNA JACOBS | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | APR 03, 2013 | 12:32 AM
Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander avoids jail in New York sex assault case
Judge Cassandra Mullen branded Anand Jon Alexander a level 3 offender, the highest-risk designation under the law in New York. (Jefferson Siegel)
A celebrity fashion designer — already serving a lengthy prison sentence in California ...— was sentenced Tuesday to time served... Mostof the 49-count indictment against Anand Jon Alexander, who appeared on "America's Next Top Model," was dismissed... In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to turn over documents his attorney believes will help him win his appeal in California, where he's serving a 59-years to life... One of Alexander's attorneys, Kimberly Summers, said his defense team now has "what we think will effectively help us fight his California" conviction, referring to the documents Alexander scored in the deal. Summers stressed there was only one victim in New York .
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Indian American designer Anand Jon Alexander to publish a book, says he is the victim of police racism
Fashion designer Anand Jon is writing a book about how he ended up in prison serving a 59-year sentence for rape and a dozen other criminal counts, including committing a lewd act on a child.
“What I did was absolutely immoral, but not illegal,” he recently told a former acquaintance. “I had a lot of sex, but it was not illegal. Everyone was over 17, except one girl who lied about her age.”
The India-born Jon, 40, preyed on aspiring models who hoped he would help their careers. But he said he was a victim of police racism.
“This was about lifestyle,” Jon told my source. “The police saw a brown-skinned man having sex with white girls.”
Jon will talk in the book about dressing Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige, and how he met Ivanka Trump when she was 14 and became the first designer to put her on the runway.
“Ivanka did five shows for me. She’d take the subway to fittings,” Jon said.
Imprisoned over seven years, Jon and his wealthy family still hope the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will overturn his conviction.
A recent motion for discovery in Dallas federal court says, “The Los Angeles jury trial was riddled with the red flags of due process violations, jury tampering and intimidation, racism-xenophobia and many unresolved discovery issues.”
Was designer Anand Jon targeted for being Indian?
Anand's sister and well-known fashion designer Sanjana was in New Delhi on Thursday to seek the release of her brother.