In this Nov. 13, 2008 file photo, fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander appears at his sexual assault trial in Los Angeles. Alexander, already serving 59 years to life in California for molesting would-be models, was sentenced in New York, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to five years in a similar case in a courtroom full of his supporters who blew him kisses. Alexander was once a burgeoning fashion designer on the brink of fame and fortune, living a fast life of women, celebrities and travel, until allegations surfaced that he had raped aspiring models. The 38-year-old says from his jail cell that he believes new evidence will help overturn his conviction on charges he sexually assaulted women, and his sentence of 59 years to life. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has been portrayed as a predator and monster in coast-to-coast cases accusing him of raping aspiring models he lured to his apartment with the promise of fame.
But here’s how Alexander sees himself: an accomplished artist featured on “America’s Next Top Model” who once worked with the likes of Paris Hilton, a practitioner of yoga, an admitted philanderer — but not a criminal.
“We were all searching for companionship. We were all searching for success,” he said during a jailhouse interview this week with The Associated Press. “The expectations were different. We got so caught up in the whole hype.”
The 38-year-old is lanky, with a wide grin, thick black hair stylishly cut and Buddy Holly glasses tucked into the front of his drab prison jumpsuit. He is relaxed and articulate as he explains why he believes he was a Login to read more