|Born||Kerala, Republic of India|
|Occupation||fashion designer and company director|
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.
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. He credits Gianni Versace for his start in the fashion world.
Arrest and conviction
The prosecutors said Jon lured women and girls to his apartment under the pretext of securing modeling jobs. His defense said that the sexual activity was consensual, and that one minor who accused Jon of rape had lied about her age.
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. On August 31, 2009, Jon was sentenced to 59 years to life.
Jon has also been indicted in Texas and New York on multiple charges alleging sexual assault.
Jon is a nephew of Indian classical musician and playback singer, K.J. Yesudas. 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.
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- Anand Alexander's entry at California Sex Offender Registry