Anand Jon Alexander. Do you recognize the name? You will by the time you finish reading this.
The 33-year-old India born fashion designer, who made it to Newsweek’s list of people to watch out for (Ha! The irony!) in 2007, has shifted residence from Beverly Hills to an L.A. county jail where he awaits bail on multiple charges of rape and assault on a minor.
According to TMZ.com, the alleged incidents (featuring at least three separate victims) occurred between October, 2004 and March 5, 2007. And if the comments section of their report is something to go by, nobody who knows Alexander should be surprised.
I interned for him so I know what a perverted creep he is, so I KNOW he did it ! He has major issues with his ego and if you don’t accept his flirting then he gets very mean quick. He trys [sic] to take advantage of young wannabe fashion designers and models, says one poster. Another, who will only say that she knows him personally, says pretty much the same thing.
This isn’t Alexander’s first brush with the law. A TMZ update says that Alexander got off with a three-year probation sentence in 2003 when he was accused of committing lewd acts on a child. The judge ordered him to stay away from kids under 18; an order he apparently mistook for a request because one of his latest victims is 15 years old. The same report carries the following quote from Alexander’s lawyer:
My predecessor counsel [previous lawyer] did an excellent job of exposing the overcharged complaint and by doing so resolved the case for a low grade non-priorable, non-registerable, non-admissible plea of no contest, which was expunged and set aside by the court we are in now. At no time did the DA’s office or the police ever disclose to the court any violations of any law during his three-year summary informal probation, which includes the 2004 incident to which he has now been charged for.
Alexander has some prominent Indian connections: his mother is the elder sister of Malayalam vocal artist Yesudas’s wife and is well-known in Cochin where she ran a beauty salon for many years. His sister Sanjana Jon is a New York based fashion designer who made her debut at the 2006 New York Fashion Week. She also came to India with Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera in 2006 as part of an AIDS awareness campaign. Looks like she should’ve started at home.
Alexander himself planned to bring his Fall 2007 collection to India this year (“[He] has a unique talent for blending the spiritual with the chic”) and had reportedly talked good friend Paris Hilton into making an appearance.
Wait! Wait! ‘Good friend Paris Hilton’? Who’re his other friends? Well, Michelle Rodriguez, the morose jailbird who got kicked off Lost and the always entertaining, often indecipherable Paula Abdul are some of the other names mentioned.
If that’s the crowd he’s running around with, I’m not surprised to find him cooling his heels in jail on a $1, 365, 000 bond while police search for an accomplice who apparently helped bro out by holding one of the alleged victims down while he raped her.
Nice. Creep me out some more, why don’t you? Not that he’s going to get the chance – at least, not if the immigration authorities have anything to say about it.
If convicted and handed the maximum sentence, Alexander can design overpriced jeans from prison… for the rest of his life.
Update 1: 46 charges raises specter of The Crucible
Update 2: Now it’s 59 charges and counting
[originally published at Desicritics.org]