Fashion designer pleads guilty to molesting model
Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting a woman he had lured into a one-on-one meeting under the pretext that he would offer her modeling work.
FILE- In this Nov. 13, 2008 file photo, fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander appears at his sexual assault trial in Los Angeles. Alexander has pleaded guilty in New York City to molesting a woman he baited with the promise of modeling work. Alexander admitted to one count of criminal sexual act Thursday. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He already was convicted in California of similar charges and was sentenced there to 59 years to life. Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal says he also is facing new charges in Texas. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) AP
It's an aspiring model's worst nightmare.
Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting a woman he had lured into a one-on-one meeting under the pretext that he would offer her modeling work. Alexander, who was convicted of rape in California and sentenced to 59 years to life in prison in 2009, was sentenced on Valentine's Day morning to 5 years after admitting to one count of criminal sexual act.
His story today is vastly different from the life he was leading ten years ago.
Once a 3-episode guest judge on "America's Next Top Model," the Parsons grad was also the recipient of a 2002 People's Choice Award. Alexander's blossoming fashion career continued to gain momentum in the early-to-mid 2000s as he designed clothes for the likes of Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige. Celebrities were also big fans of his hand-printed jeans which sold for more than $700 per pair, and the designer's signature detailed beaded tops were spotted on the likes of Oprah, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul.
After dashing the hopes and futures of multiple young girls, Alexander is now weaving his dreams behind bars.
And for young models who are looking for work: We recommend always going through an agent or professional source! There are crazies out there who will sabotage and jeopardize your well-being. Consider men like Alexander and his actions a cautionary tale.
AP contributed to this report