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Anand Jon: 59 Charges of Sexual Assault

05 Oct

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that India-born celebrity designer Anand Jon Alexander is having a very bad year.

In March of this year, the 33-year-old Alexander was arraigned on multiple charges of sexual assault against three women. As of yesterday, after hearing nine days of testimony from 23 different witnesses, a grand jury indicted him on 59 charges of sexual assault.

Said charges include forcible rape, lewd acts upon a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sexual battery by restraint, possession of child pornography, oral copulation by force or fear, and sodomy. The number of alleged victims now stands at 20, all between the ages of 14 and 27 – seven from California, the rest from eight different states and two foreign countries. If convicted on all charges, which includes 54 felonies and five misdemeanors, Alexander faces life in prison. And that’s not counting pending investigations in New York, Massachusetts and Texas.

Alexander pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges and will likely do the same on October 25 when he re-appears in the LA County Superior Court for arraignment on the new charges. Prosecutors have asked that his bail be set at $5.1 million; it was previously set at $1.3 million, then upped to $2.5 million although Alexander remained behind bars as he was judged to be a flight risk.

In his defense, Alexander’s lawyers initially alleged a conspiracy. Their new theory is that some of the women are trying to seek fame.

Alexander’s lawyer, Anthony Brooklier, said in some of the cases, the victims either kept in contact or met with the fashion designer after the crimes supposedly occurred. “We think this is made up of whole cloth, the entire case,” Brooklier said Thursday outside court.

Alexander’s greatest support comes from his younger sister Sanjana Jon, who’s also a fashion designer, and mother Shashi Abraham. Jon recently held a fashion show at the Beverly Hilton that she dedicated to “supporting global independence, civil rights and Anand Jon.” Attendees included Donald Trump-ex Marla Maples, Terry McAuliffe, and LA Mayor Antonio Villagairosa. News of the event invited comments such as:

That’s great, supporting global independence, civil rights, and my accused rapist brother. What a gal she is!

In fact, one of the things that strikes me as unique about this case is that Alexander, who attended the Parsons School of Design in New York (dean Tim Gunn co-hosts Project Runway with Heidi Klum) and stands accused of meeting a number of his alleged victims online, has attracted the attention of a number people who claim to know him personally from either Los Angeles or New York.

And for the most part, none of them seem to have a nice word to say about him, describing him as “weird” or “creepy”, a few also allege misconduct. But his family can take comfort from posters such as the one below from TMZ:

I have trouble imagining him raping someone because he’s so small in stature.
Also, he was very influenced by his mother and sister, Sanjai, who are very into Indian stuff and astronomy charts and all the weird planning of events on this day and this hour for success, etc.

There you have it – he’s too puny to rape anybody! Plus, his mother and sister are very into “Indian stuff”.

That last lies at the heart of another publication’s defense of Alexander. IndiaPost is convinced that the charges stem from racial discrimination and are disgusted by the Indian community’s lack of support for him:

Charges filed in alleged rape cases are somewhat similar to a freeway chase.
Yes, bizarre as it may sound, the pattern is similar. When a car chase suspect is apprehended he faces multiple charges jumping a red light, running a stop sign, illegal lane change, speeding, rash driving, reckless driving etc. Likewise in an alleged rape case charges are filed on a similar basis touching the alleged victim different times on different parts of the alleged victim’s body. Each part and each time entails a count/ charge. It is bizarre and makes one really question the very basis of this incredibly strange and impossible to comprehend legal system.

It’s an interesting take. In fact, it’s a very interesting article that tells us all about Anand Jon Alexander, “the little Ravi Verma” of a noble Namboodiri Brahmin family from Kerala. “Alexander”, of course, being the name of a very ancient Kerala Brahmin family. :mrgreen:

No word yet on when this case will head to court.

Background: here and here

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15 Comments

Posted by on October 5, 2007 in Celebrity, Entertainment, News

 

15 responses to “Anand Jon: 59 Charges of Sexual Assault

  1. anangbhai

    October 5, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Oh please, he’s always on the red carpet sandwiched between two hot girls, he’s a fashion designer, the hell would he be doing looking for women online?
    59 counts to me looks like a conspiracy. The DA’s smelled blood and they’re throwing the book at him. I could see maybe 3 maybe 4 women saying he diddled them. Looks like he pissed off more women than Billy C. Clinton.
    Can’t wait to see what Nancy Grace will cook up this time…

     
  2. Shantanu

    October 6, 2007 at 4:26 am

    Great post summarizing the Jon case. I really don’t understand why the Indian community ought to support him. 59 counts or 3 counts, methinks he’s guilty from what I have read so far. Let’s see how it ends up.

     
  3. bvn

    October 6, 2007 at 5:34 am

    20 victims!…so even if 80% is fake…he raped 4…

    but I guess the indian community should support him…its one of those god fearing, noble brahmin families…doesn’t the jury know that punishing a brahmin will ruin their families for 7 generations…they better be careful about the final verdict..

     
  4. desigirl

    October 7, 2007 at 6:13 am

    kerala brahmin? is that why you are keeping track of his story?
    hyuk hyuk hyuk!!
    😀

     
  5. Amrita

    October 8, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Anang – I feel exactly the opposite actually. 🙂 I mean 20 women from eight states, two other countries and different ages all getting together to conspire against him? With more waiting in the wings in Texas, New York and Mass.? Why not someone more high profile?

    Shantanu – according to IndiaPost we should all be rooting for him because he’s famous and an Indian. The end. It’s the OJ theory at work. Best of all is that they’re upset that Ronan Sen hasn’t checked him out yet 😀 Nuclear deal, guy charged with rape – an ambassador’s job is never done.

    BVN – well he’s definitely going to jail for the 14 yr old. That’s an automatic sentence right there, consensual or not. Lol @ god fearing brahmin family! Didn’t anybody at that paper notice the goddamned name?!

    DG – yes, I’m a very active campaigner for kerala brahmin rights. Esp Kerala brahmins called alexander. Not so much other kerala people like run of the mill Hindus, Christians, Muslims or Jews. Some people, I tell you…. 😀

     
  6. anangbhai

    October 8, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Yeah, I could be wrong.

    Don’t you just hate that “batting for the race” sentiment. Its cool that kids in India get to take a day off to make flyers because Sunita Williams is coming back to earf but I just don’t get or like the cultural appropriation. That’s why I’m waiting to see what people say about the first Indian-American serial killer. (Insert last name/caste/region joke here)

    Scene outside the lower Manhattan Courthouse: a veritable army of threaded brahmins chanting “LEAVE ANAND JON ALONE!”
    No? How about ash clad sadhus performing various feats of yoga instead?

     
  7. Amrita

    October 11, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Oh completely with you on that one. I remember Sanjaya Malakar was on AI and you’d have thought everybody’s cousin was gonna become the president of the US. ridiculous.

    maybe they’ll take out an ad in the NYT demanding what moral right the US has to try Jon. 😀

     
  8. Joseph George

    October 23, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    The person who wrote this article needs to check the history of Catholicism in Kerala before insinuating that ““Alexander”, of course, being the name of a very ancient Kerala Brahmin family.” Ignorance is never a commendable attribute of journalism.

     
  9. Amrita

    October 23, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, I know all about the “we were brahmins” theory – I just think its the most bogus thing I’ve ever heard. Most of the people making the claim also allege that it all happened a very long time ago, hundreds of years ago. I’d say hundreds of years is time enough to leave your baggage behind and embrace the reality of your “new” faith which doesnt recognize things like caste.
    In any case, Anand Jon Alexander and his family are Christians. If he really wants to be identified as a “Kerala Brahmin” then he ought to consider converting back. Please read the PR piece masquerading as an article that I’ve linked to which makes the claim and tell me what exactly is so commendable in that writer trying to paint him as a Hindu?

     
  10. Joseph George

    October 23, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Quoting Amrita. “I just think its the most bogus thing I’ve ever heard.”

    Not the attitude of someone who is willing to learn and acquire knowledge. I emphasize on the fact that Amrita mentions “I think” instead of looking up and learning history.

    I will state some facts now.

    1. St. Thomas was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.
    2. He came to Kerala and spread Christianity. (reason why there is a high incidence of Catholics there)
    3. St Thomas was martyred in Madras. The place where he was killed is a hill called ‘St. Thomas Mount’ in Madras.

    Now these are undisputable facts, as opposed to “I think”.

    Quoting Amrita. “Most of the people making the claim also allege that it all happened a very long time ago, hundreds of years ago.”

    Truth be told, approximately 2000 years ago.

    And to point out there is no evidence that Anand Jon wanted to be identified as “Kerala Brahmin”. I did read the article that Amrita cited and the author mentioned his lineage. I am a catholic from Kerala and am proud of my past, be it “Namboothiri Brahmin” or “Catholic”. The individual who wrote the article, be it ‘PR’ or article, can cite anything in their article as long as it’s true.

    And lastly, it not like if he was painted as a ‘Brahmin Hindu’, it would instantly exonerate him of his allegations.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I ‘sense’ a general sense of animosity towards Christians, from your comments.

     
  11. Amrita

    October 24, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Joseph – Gee, I guess you got me! You must be one of those geniuses. Not.
    Offhand I’d say you have a serious persecution complex, but before we address that, let me explain something that i’m not sure you’ve quite understood : My name is Amrita and this is my blog. I’m the person responding to your comments – and I dont refer to myself in the third person. Therefore if you have something to say to me, you can use the pronoun “You”. I won’t mind. In fact, being addressed as though I were a public rally is a particular peeve of mine. Now:

    1) Cherry picking sentences to make your case is considered bad form in real life as well as online. So let’s go back and correct a few things. My original quote reads : “I know all about the “we were brahmins” theory – I just think its the most bogus thing I’ve ever heard.” To which you trotted out the history of Christianity in India.
    Excuse me, but where did I say anything about St Thomas, much less quibble with his presence in India? The sentence is perfectly clear to anyone who understands English: I was specifically addressing the “we were brahmins” theory, which i will address again in a little bit.
    I’d also like to specify here that the verb “think”, with which you seem to have such immense trouble, in the statement above meant I was expressing my thoughts.

    2) St Thomas was not Catholic in the sense that you ascribe by identifying him with the modern day Church. if this is the limit of your understanding of your own religion then you should stop going around proclaiming yourself a Catholic because you’re a serious embarassment to your fellow Catholics. Just getting baptized /born into a Christian family doesn’t qualify you to talk on topics you do not know in the least. At least google if you can’t be bothered to crack a history textbook.

    3) I’d like to see you tell the Nasranis that they belong to the Catholic church. :mrgreen:

    4) “No evidence” that Anand Jon wanted to be identified as “Kerala Brahmin”. Right, so the guy who wrote that article just came up with that angle on his own. It came to him in a dream, perhaps? And talking of evidence – prove that Anand Jon is indeed descended from Kerala Brahmins. 2000 years and 4 known Brahmin families that were converted – should be easy to prove descent, no?

    5) You don’t seem to read very well so I’ll helpfully point out to you that nowhere in that article was Anand Jon’s religion mentioned, except to point him out as a Kerala Brahmin. Hmmmm. They didn’t talk about any other religious parts of his “lineage”, they said (I quote) “Anand Jon belongs to a lineage of Namboodri Bhahmins of Southern Kerala”. This despite the fact that his most famous Kerala connection is his uncle by marriage, Yesudas, a devout Christian (who is also a devotee of Vishnu at Guruvayoor). I wonder why they left all that out while talking about his Namboodiri heritage.

    6) No, I didnt think being protrayed as a Brahmin Hindu would absolve him of his allegations. Otoh, I think that article was derogatory to Indians in that it seemed to believe that Indians would be more sympathetic to a Brahmin boy than a Christian carrying the baggage of movies like Julie. If that was not the case, then that is definitely the impression one gets from that article because his Christian roots have been consistently glossed over.

    7) Correct you? No thanks, I’m not looking for another job. In any case, I’d have to care about your opinion before I did that. And if your grand plan is to intimidate me into backing down by making wild accusations then I’d like to invite you to take a long, cool walk off a short, short pier. There’s a name for people like you and it isn’t very complimentary.

    8) I think your big problem is that I’m not a Christian and I’m writing about one critically. In fact, You’re the one who’s got a problem with religion – my religion. The fact that the only thing you have to say about the whole article centers around the religion of the subject tells me all I need to know about you. Your entire response to this article stems from the fact that you’re a Christian and so is Alexander. That makes you a bigot. A big one.

    9) You can be proud of whatever it is in your past that you feel you own, but given that you’re a Catholic and caste is a tool of discrimination that many Hindus are fighting to overcome and given the caste tensions in kerala, particularly involving Brahmins, I’m surprised at your kind of people who’re so eager to locate themselves in the heirarchy of another religion.
    I don’t blame Christians of previous generations trying to locate themselves within caste heirarchies because social interactions in the times in which they lived were governed by those considerations. But this is 2007. Your Hindu neighbor isnt likely to look down on you based on what your caste used to be before you converted. And if he or she does do so then you should immediately cut the connection because they’re not worth it.
    I also think this caste business is discriminatory towards other Christians, who might not have been high caste Hindus before conversion – a way to underline the fact that you’re not part of the whole Dalit Christian community. Class divisions aren’t very Christian.

    10) Stop wasting my time and yours. We could have had a civil debate here but your little crack about my motivations just erased any interest I might have had in your opinion and I definitely do not respect any of it. So go say it to someone who cares. I’m looking at the length of this reply and can’t believe I spent this much time on you.

     
  12. sun

    November 13, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Some Say Leave him, Some Say ‘Fry him’ I say force him to sit on his nuts and rotate him at 1000 rpm.

     
  13. memsaab

    November 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Well he was convicted of 16 counts anyway, and is facing 67 years in prison before he has a chance for parole.

    He’ll make a very pretty bitch for some guy 🙂

     
 
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