Remember Anand Jon? He’s the extraordinarily creepy Indian clothing designer who met naive young girls on the Internet (young, as in 15), promised them a life of glitz and glamor via a career in modeling, but instead allegedly raped them. Now he’s sitting in jail in Los Angeles, having long been abandoned by “friends” like Paris Hilton and Michelle Rodriguez, and facing 59 criminal counts of forcible rape, sexual exploitation, and sexual penetration by a foreign object from 20 different women.
In this month’s Los Angeles magazine, Jon tells writer Sharon Waxman that he is “100 percent innocent,” and that he can prove that “every single thing” in the eight volumes of grand jury testimony against him is “a lie.” (In a letter he wrote her from jail, Jon says his predicament “feels like a Stephen King novel turned into a movie directed by M. Night Shymalan.”) Waxman notes that the testimony against Jon is “damning” in some places, but also extremely weak in other instances. “Anand Jon does not appear to be a nice guy,” she says. But “it is not quite clear to me that what Jon has done, in every case, was rape.”