Back in March of 2007, Anand Jon Alexander, a celebrity designer who is friends with Paris Hilton and who's partial client list include Donald Trump, Laurence Fishbourne, Ananda Lewis, Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy, Mary J Blige, Lenny Kravitz, Eve, Mya, Erykah Badu, and Foxy Brown was shockingly arrested and charged with several sexual assault charges.
More Than Half of The Charges Dropped
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Without explanation, prosecutors on Wednesday dropped more than half the sexual assault charges against fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander just before jury selection began for his trial.
The district attorney's office said it was striking 30 of the 59 charges but reserved the option of pursuing them later. The charges involved 10 women and girls.
The remaining 29 charges range from forcible rape to committing lewd acts on a child. The 10 alleged victims were 14 to 21 years old.
Alexander remains under indictment in New York on similar charges involving nine women and is under investigation by authorities in Texas and Massachusetts.
Nearly 100 prospective jurors in the California case began the selection process by filling out questionnaires. Attorneys were expected to begin questioning potential jurors Sept. 4.
Alexander, 34, who has dressed starlets such as Paris Hilton, is accused of meeting women on the Internet and assaulting them when they visited California for modeling opportunities between 2001 and 2007. He has pleaded not guilty and could face life in prison if convicted.
A call to his criminal attorney, Anthony Brooklier, was not immediately returned.
The decision to strike some charges was praised by an attorney defending Alexander in a lawsuit that claims he sexually assaulted a Beverly Hills woman, one of the alleged victims dropped from the criminal case Wednesday.
“We believe that the justice system will prevail and that our client will be found innocent,” Arthur Khachatourians said. “This case has no weight; it's a web of lies.”
Alexander came under investigation last year when a woman claimed she had been sexually assaulted at his apartment. He was jailed in June 2007 and has remained behind bars.
Born in India, Alexander graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York and launched a fashion line in 1999. He was considered an up-and-coming designer and was named a person to watch by Newsweek.
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