New charges filed against celebrity fashion designer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander is facing 13 new charges of sexual assault after six more women and girls accused him of abuse.

Alexander is accused of meeting women on the Internet and assaulting them when they visited about modeling opportunities between 2002 and 2007.

A total of 18 women and girls, ranging in age from 14 to 27, have accused him of abuse. His attorney has claimed some of the women made the allegations to seek fame.

The Los Angeles County D-A's office says Alexander now faces more than 40 felony and misdemeanor counts of sexual assault that include rape, sexual battery and committing a lewd act on a child.

Alexander has pleaded not guilty to all previous charges and could face life in prison if convicted on all counts.

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