Indian designer charged in more US sex crimes

Anand Jon was hit with 13 criminal charges for a range of sex crimes.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2007 11:56 IST

Indian-born fashion designer Anand Jon accused of rape was hit with further 13 criminal charges for a range of sex crimes involving four more women, authorities in Los Angeles said.

Anand Jon, 33, who has dressed celebrities including Paris Hilton, was last week charged with rape and a string sex crimes on three people - two women and a 15-year-old girl.

Prosecutors on Monday announced a series of new counts involving four additional alleged victims, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Country district attorney's office said.

The criminal complaint alleges that the crimes occurred between March 2004 and March 2007. An investigation into other possible alleged victims is ongoing, the spokeswoman said.

Jon, an up-and-coming designer who has appeared regularly on the US television show "America's Next Top Model," is in jail on 1.3 million dollars' bail. He is due to be arraigned in on April 4.

Jon graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design and launched his own label at New York Fashion Week in 1999.

He is reported to have dressed celebrity socialites such as Paris and Nicky Hilton, Mary J Blige and Norah Jones.

According to Jon's website, he is the winner of various fashion awards including a 2002 People's Choice "Best New Designer" prize.

First Published: Mar 20, 2007 11:07 IST