Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander sentenced to 59 years to life
Celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison this afternoon for sexually assaulting seven girls and young women whom prosecutors said he enticed with the promise of modeling jobs.
Alexander, acting as his own attorney, presented a lengthy argument Monday saying he should get a new trial because of juror and prosecutorial misconduct, and inadequate defense by his former attorneys. A judge denied his motion.
Alexander stared ahead blankly as Judge David Wesley handed down the hefty sentence and his victims wept in the jury box.
The designer, who appeared on the reality television show “America’s Next Top Model,” was convicted of 16 charges including rape and sexual assault in November. Wesley sentenced him to the maximum sentence for all but two of those counts, saying he showed no remorse for his actions and posed a danger to other young women.
Alexander also faces charges in New York and Texas, where he has been indicted. Should he be convicted in other states, those sentences would be served on top of his California sentence, prosecutors said.
Several of Alexander’s victims spoke before the sentencing, each choking up with emotion.
“I was 14. You took my adolescence, my trust, my dream and completely manipulated them for your sexual desires,” one of the victims said, reading from a statement.
-- Victoria Kim
Photo: Beverly Hills fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander listens to his sentence for multiple counts of rape in Los Angeles Superior Court August 31, 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times