On Monday, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles sentenced fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander to 59 years in prison after being convicted of 14 felonies, including forcible rape, and two misdemeanors last November. Alexander had pleaded for a new trial earlier Monday, claiming a conspiracy among law enforcement to convict him, but was promptly denied. The final sentencing ended a long and arduous post-verdict period where Alexander's sister, Sanjana, was accused of juror tampering, among other incidents.
13 women claiming Alexander had sexually assaulted them attended the trial, three of which recounted for the court how Alexander had found them online, lured them with promises of photo shoots and contracts, and then assaulted them in his Beverly Hills apartment. "I was 14. You took my adolescence, my trust, my dream and completely
manipulated them for your sexual desires," said one of the women.
The Indian-born designer, who has owned his own line since 1999, was recently in the spotlight for his appearances on 'America's Next Top Model' and for a growing list of celebrity clients like Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige. Hilton herself described being a fan of Alexander's hand-printed jeans, which sold for more than $700. Yet his success was cut short when police began investigating him in March 2007 when a woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted in his apartment. What resulted was a full investigation that ended in Alexander's conviction last year.
Although prosecutors admitted there will likely be a number of issues raised on
appeal since Alexander's case is an example of what can happen
when young women look for opportunity on the Internet, that the designer was still guilty of the felonies by taking advantage of the circumstance. According to prosecutors, Alexander also faces similar charges in New York and Texas.
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