Jon may be in more trouble as prosecutors have filed 13 fresh charges
Sister Sanjana Jon stands by
Los Angles, April 05 2007
NRI, Anand Jon Alexander, 33, Celebrity fashion designer
is in more trouble as prosecutors have filed 13 fresh charges against
him. Now total number of criminal charges are 32 after one previous
misdemeanour charge against him was dismissed.
The new charges include 11 felonies, involving rape
and sodomy with threat of force, and a misdemeanor against five
women between the ages of 14 to 23 between Nov 2002 and March 2007.
Prosecutors requested Superior Court Judge Eldon Fox
to increas the bail $3 million from $US1.3 million but Judge rejected
the request. Superior Court Judge ordered Jon, who is free on $1.3
million bail, back to court on June 12.
The Superior Court Judge Eldon Fox said Jon could
resume work as a fashion designer but:
- must not be alone with a woman under the age of 30.
- models under the age of 30 must sign documents swearing they
were never alone with him.
But Jon's lawyer asks why the new alleged victims didn't come forward
earlier. Defense attorney Ronald Richard said," When you publicise
a defendant, it's expected that people will come out of the woodwork,
that's just a normal phenomenon when you're dealing with people
that have a predisposition to seek fame to begin with."
sister Sanjana Jon, who he will live with in New York awaiting
the next hearing, also supports him.” We know he's innocent,
we are completely standing with him, and we know he will come out.
God is with us.", said Sanjana.
"My mother and I have been strong in this crisis. And we are
overwhelmed by the support we getting from friends everywhere,"she
Sanjana is convinced that Anand is innocent. She believes this
is the result of professional jealousy. "It's classic case
of envy being taken too far. With so many good thing suddenly happening
in his professional life, and Anand being acknowledged as the star
of the forthcoming LA Fashion Week, it's natural that he become
a target," she alleged.