Hot Yoga douchebag Bikram Choudhury faces new claims of rape and sexual assault

“A day of legal reckoning is drawing closer” for “hot yoga” profiteer Bikram Choudhury, reports the New York Times.

The self-styled guru faces no fewer than six civil lawsuits from women who accuse him of rape or assault.

Seminar_1The most recent was filed on Feb. 13 by a Canadian yogi, Jill Lawler, who said she was raped by Mr. Choudhury during a teacher-training in the spring of 2010. This month, a Los Angeles judge cleared away several challenges to a lawsuit from a former student who said Mr. Choudhury raped her during another 2010 teacher-training. The first complaint was filed two years ago. As more surfaced, and more women spoke publicly about accusations of assault and harassment, their accounts have created fissures in the close-knit world of yoga students and teachers who have spent thousands of dollars to study with Mr. Choudhury; opened studios bearing his name; and found strength, flexibility and health in his formula of 26 yoga postures in a sweltering room.

Schism Emerges in Bikram Yoga Empire Amid Claims of Rape and Assault [nytimes.com]

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