Lawyers for a fashion designer convicted of multiple sex charges are seeking a new trial, alleging the prosecution sabotaged their undercover operation to try to catch a juror in an act of misconduct.

Attorneys for designer Anand Jon Alexander also asked on Wednesday that prosecutors be removed from the case because of bias.

"They acted to prevent the defense from obtaining evidence that would have resulted in a new trial," defense attorney Leonard Levine said outside court. "It's as if they destroyed DNA evidence."

The events that threw the verdicts into question began in November when jurors were deliberating the case against Alexander, an Indian-born fashion designer with a cast of celebrity clients. He had been featured on "America's Top Model."