$2 Million Bail For Fashion Designer Charged With Sex Assault

Bail of nearly $2.1 million was set Wednesday for fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, who is charged with sexually assaulting 20 girls and women he allegedly lured to Los Angeles with promises of modeling jobs.

Alexander, 33, can be freed on bail pending his trial but he must wear an electronic monitor, cannot leave Los Angeles County without permission and must stay away from any women under 21 who
is not a relative, Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley said.

He was due back in court on Dec. 6 for a pretrial hearing.

"We think we're prepared to post this bail," Anthony Brooklier, one of Alexander's attorneys, said outside court. "It may take a few days."

His client denies the charges and is "anxious to get out of jail," Brooklier said.

Alexander was indicted on Sept. 27 by a Los Angeles County grand jury on 54 felony charges and five misdemeanor counts, including forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint and lewd acts upon a child.

He was jailed without bail when the indictment was unsealed on Oct. 4.

Prosecutors contend that he assaulted women ranging in age from 14 to 27 who came from three countries and nine states, including California, between November 2002 and last March.

Prosecutors said he met women on the Internet and assaulted them when they visited with him to pursue modeling opportunities.

His defense has claimed some of the women made the allegations to seek fame.

Alexander faces similar sex charges in Texas and is under investigation in New York.

The Indian-born designer has worked with celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriguez and Mary J. Blige.

In 2003, he was among 20 people profiled by Newsweek as up-and-coming players in various industries.


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