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August 26, 2008

SHOCKING PRETRIAL NEWS: D.A. TO DROP HALF OF THE CASE AGAINST ANAND JON

Anandjon1 On the eve of the trial for serial rape of ex fashion designer Anand Jon, the district attorney on the case has announced her intention to dismiss half of the alleged victims, and more than half of the 59 counts against him -- including forcible, rape, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation.


During pretrial motions on Monday, deputy district attorney Frances Young said she would be filing an amended indictment on Wednesday to reflect the reduced charges, as jury selection begins.


“We’re left with 10 victims and 29 remaining counts,” Jon’s attorney Tony Brooklier told me today. Jon, an Indian-born fashion designer, has been sitting in the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles for a year, awaiting trial, all the time protesting his innocence. Now half his accusers have just evaporated.


What is the DA thinking? A spokeswoman for the D.A. refused to comment, citing a gag order by the judge. But a source in the prosecution office said that a decision was simply made “to streamline” the process, and get Jon “on the solids.”


Sounds like hogwash. The defendants that will be dropped tomorrow include some of the most unbelievable testimony that I read in the eight volumes of grand jury questioning. Notably dismissed is Katie W., the innocent young farm girl from outside Montgomery, Alabama who accused Jon of raping her in New York, but then followed him to Los Angeles where, she said, he raped her again. My story in Los Angeles magazine recounted a video of Katie W. found among Jon's effects, in which she cavorts for him naked, with no sense of shame or regret.


The others alleged victims to be dismissed were also noted in my story in this month’s Los Angeles magazine as problematic witnesses: Lindsay B., Lori B., Ashley H, Avery G.


The most troubling testimony came from yet another teen to be dismissed tomorrow. Chloe N testified that Jon had raped her vaginally and anally in the most heinous of ways. But she also said she had been molested as a child and that "stuff like that" had happend to her before. And she testified that she’d told no one of being  raped by Jon, not even her therapist, until the moment of the grand jury testimony: “And I still haven’t, other than this,” she said.


I have to wonder how closely the D.A.'s office was reading this testimony, while Jon sat in jail month after month. Also important to note is that most of the alleged victims to be dismissed tomorrow are key claimants in the New York case against Jon, which will be set for trial after Los Angeles.


More as news breaks in this fascinating case.

Comments

Ronald Richards

The DA should dismiss the entire case. There is defintely something wrong and lower his bail.

b

COULD YOU ADD A SIREN LIKE DRUDGE TO GO WITH THE ALL CAPS HED????

janine

this is incredible- the case should be dropped

Sushmita

The poor boy has been victimized and its terrible he spent months in jail without a trial. who is responsible for this travesty of justice?????

sean

unbelievable-that this can happen.
isnt there punishment for perjury-lying under oath

waxword

ron richards was anand's first attorney, so thanks for an informed comment. i suspect that winnowing out the weaker plaintiffs may make the DA's case stronger.

ronga

there is a limit to victimize Anand Jon.He should be freed with immediate effect.The DA should be ashamed of the way he has handled the case

Linda

Let's not forget that there are still 10 girls standing with solid stories. I believe he is guilty, but I also believe that it's possible that some girls jumped onto the bandwagon just because they felt hurt by him too. I hope the remaining 10 girls have solid evidence and witnesses, so that he will remain in prison! I don't know about forcefully raping girls, but I do KNOW that he went online looking for young girls to sleep with. Let's await the trial..

me

This is a shame for the girls who have been raped by him and now have been dropped. What he did was wrong. Do those that comment here and call Anand a victimized boy, no, he is not a boy. He is a man and he forced himself on these females. This is the United States and we have laws over here. He is guilty.

PQ

A few years back I made Mr. Jon's acquaintance in Florida with a friend of mine who had hoped to get into modeling. He made a few unsettling comments regarding my friend, who was underage at the time.
His guilt wouldn't surprise me. A very unsettling character.

MAXI

BY DESTROYING EVIDENCE, HACKING ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE MATERIAL AND CONSPIRING--AN INNOCENT MAN HAS SUFFERED FOR 15 MONTHS AND HIS FAMILY
LET THE TRUTH REVEAL THE ONES BEHIND THHIS CONSPIRACY
PERJURY IS A CRIME AND ANYONE WHO HAS LIED NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED
PEOPLE WHO ACCUSE SOMEONE WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH WILL REALIZE THE PAIN AND TARUMA ONLY WHEN SUBJECT TO IT THEMSELVES
A PERSON IS INNOCENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY--

Jeff

Does it not say, somewhere, that a person is "innocent until proven guilty." Is that a part of the U.S. Constitution or just a phrase adopted to comfort people who have been charged with crimes and to compensate them and their families for the pain and suffering of the scars of pain and suffering for the person the love and support? It seems as though this man has been jailed and denied some of his legal rights (i.e., such as his freedom on bail), and charged with crimes he did not commit (i.e., the LA Times reported that half of the women who accused him dropped their charges a day ago, according to the People of California represented in that role by the Los Angeles DA's office). He has been in jail for nearly a year and a half. Anyone who knows about what it's like to be in jail should know that it's hell. One might as well be in prison for the horrors to which one is subjected while awaiting their trial -- as one "innocent until proven guilty." Where in this sensational case against this man is this an example of the famous American system of justice? Why has the mass media turned a deaf ear to this major "alleged" crime? Is it because they were too busy covering the political conventions about electing presidents, senators and members of Congress to carry out the Consitutional powers of government?

MAXI

JEFF -HALF THE TRUTH HAS ALREADY BEEN REVEALED THEY DROPPED HALF THE CASE- DROPPED HALF THE PEOPLE AND HALF THE COUNTS--THE REST WILL TOO SOON ENOUGH

STOP SUPPORTING HIM

Why do all the AJ supporters come out of the woodwork anytime comments are allowed..once again, were you one of the young girls he forced himself on. Think about it, what 15 or 16 year old girl would want his penus is he mouth. I'm sorry but that is just the lesser of the charges he has done. What girl at that age would be attracted to him? honestly, girls at that age would feel uncomfortable, and don't say its because they want fame or modeling jobs. yes he did feed them what they wanted to hear, but he manipulated his words. he told everyone being, "edgy, like paris hilton", was the way to be. no body wants a good girl, they want the good girl who is tempting, sexy...ugh...shudder.
he is not an innocent man...the ones that were dropped only make it easier and less messy for the whole trial, i believe. nothing to do with lies. innocent until proven guilty..what happens then when he is proven guilty? then...he is guilty...what are you going to say about it then?
the evidence that was hacked into was against him. it would prove what a sicko he is. so it would work AGAINST him, it just happened that his legal defense was able to use that evidence to have half of it dropped.
he was visiting some really SICK sites and that is what it showed.
Anand Jon is just a liar, sneaky, manipulative, raping, con artist. he is not an innocent man...not a 'nice man' at all, as one of the girls was tricked into saying..
no, his awful personality shouldn't matter, in dealing with rape, but he is guilty.
i wish i wasn't dropped but that is fine. i believe the truth will come out...because the truth is, he is guilty.
get over it


Gunga Din

I was hopping for conviction on this case. I’m totally bummed. I hope he spends at least couple of years behind the bar.

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