A fashion designer convicted of sexually assaulting aspiring models has asked a judge for a new trial, citing alleged juror and prosecutorial misconduct.
Anand Jon Alexander, awaiting sentencing, made an eloquent and impassioned plea Monday for a new trial. The 35-year-old, who is representing himself, says the jury that convicted him in November of 14 counts was not fair or impartial.
Superior Court Judge David Wesley denied Alexander a new trial earlier when the motion was made by a team of attorneys for the designer. He did not rule on Alexander's motion before breaking for lunch.
The designer has been featured on the television show "America's Next Top Model" and worked with such celebrities as Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige.