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Designer Anand Jon slapped with more charges

world Updated: Apr 05, 2007 15:01 IST

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California prosecutors on Thursday filed 12 new charges against India-born celebrity fashion designer

Anand

Jon Alexander, who was charged last month with multiple counts of rape.

Alexander, who was first arrested by the Beverly Hills Police on March 6, now faces 33 felonies and misdemeanors charges, ranging from rape and sexual battery to committing a lewd act on a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor by giving her liquor, authorities said.

"It's violent. It's sexual offences against younger female victims," Deputy District Attorney Mara

McIlvain

told the court at Jon's arraignment in Beverly Hills. "It's a pattern of conduct that is like a serial sex offender."

Alexander pleaded not guilty to all charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to media reports.

Judge

Elden

S Fox dismissed one previously filed misdemeanor count of sexual battery. A prosecution request to increase his $1.3 million bail was denied and Alexander, who had already posted bond, was allowed to remain free. His next court hearing is on June 12.

Alexander was a well-known figure in the celebrity fashion world, designing clothes for Paris Hilton, Mary J

Blige

and others. He was the subject of articles in magazines such as People and Star and was a judge on the show "America's Top Model."

He was initially charged with seven counts, including forcible rape, lewd acts upon a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sexual battery by restraint and attempted forcible oral copulation. Those charges involved three alleged victims, including a 15-year-old.

Alexander will be able to resume work, but Fox ordered that a guardian, Alexander's mother, be present if any women under the age of 30 are at her son's job.