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Anand Jon says sex cases have left him broke

India-born Fashion designer and convicted rapist Anand Jon Alexander says his legal bills have exhausted his fortune, but Manhattan prosecutors aren't so sure.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2010 10:40 IST

India-born Fashion designer and convicted rapist Anand Jon Alexander says his legal bills have exhausted his fortune, but Manhattan prosecutors aren't so sure.

Prosecutors yesterday questioned whether Alexander needs two court-appointed, state-paid lawyers to fight charges of sexually molesting a dozen women in New York.

Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal noted that the former designer of $700 jeans paid for lawyers to defend him against similar charges in California. He was convicted and sentenced to 59 years to life in prison there.

Defence lawyer Adam Freedman said the California case took "the vast majority" of Alexander's money.

Alexander -- known professionally as Anand Jon --maintains his innocence in both cases.

The India-born Alexander launched a fashion line in 1999. He was featured on "America's Next Top Model" and worked with such celebrities as Paris Hilton before the charges surfaced against him.