Anand Jon

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Anand Jon
Born Kerala, Republic of India
Occupation fashion designer and company director
Criminal penalty
59+ years
Criminal status
Incarcerated

Anand Jon Alexander, known as Anand Jon; is a fashion designer and convicted rapist, who appeared on America's Next Top Model. He was convicted of multiple sex-related offenses in a Los Angeles court in November 2008.[1]

Career

Jon was born in Kerala, India and came to the U.S. to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and later at Parsons The New School for Design.[2] He credits Gianni Versace for his start in the fashion world.[3]

He designed clothes for celebrities including Mary J Blige and Paris Hilton.[3] He was slated to have a show premiering his Atomize Collection in March 2007.[3]

Arrest and conviction

Jon was arrested in March 2007 in Beverly Hills, California on rape and related charges.[3][4][5] He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The prosecutors said Jon lured women and girls to his apartment under the pretext of securing modeling jobs.[1] His defense said that the sexual activity was consensual, and that one minor who accused Jon of rape had lied about her age.[4]

On November 13, 2008, he was convicted of multiple charges including rape and sexual assault against minors.[1] He was scheduled to be sentenced on January 13, 2009.[1]

In July 2009, a judge denied a request for a new trial. Jon dismissed his attorneys before his sentencing. He asked for and was granted permission to represent himself for the sentencing phase of the proceedings.[6] On August 31, 2009, Jon was sentenced to 59 years to life.[7][8]

Jon has also been indicted in Texas and New York on multiple charges alleging sexual assault.[1]

Personal life

Jon is a nephew of Indian classical musician and playback singer, K.J. Yesudas.[9] He has a sister, Sanjana Jon, who has actively advocated on behalf of her brother, requesting that the Indian government intervene in the LA trial.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Leonard, Jack (2008-11-13). "Anand Jon Alexander Guilty of Rape". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Anand Jon Alexander | US fashion designer gets 59 years to life sentence for rape". Smh.com.au. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d Richard Winton (March 20, 2007). "Designer is facing more sex charges". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "US celebrity designer charged with rape". New Zealand Herald. 2007-03-15. 
  5. ^ Winton, Richard (2007-03-20). "Designer is facing more sex charges". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "Anand Jon acts as own attorney in sexual-assault case". Los Angeles Times. 2009-07-14. 
  7. ^ "LA Fashion Designer Gets 59 Years to Life Sentence". The New York Times. Associated Press. August 31, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b Anand Jon gets 59 years for sex crimes Chidanand Rajghatta Times of India Sept 9, 2009
  9. ^ TNN, Mar 18, 2007, 12.30pm IST (2007-03-18). "Flashback of a rape accused - Page2 - Sunday TOI - Home - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 

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