Women Accuse Hot Yoga Founder of Sexual Assault

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The founder of the hot yoga empire, Bikram Choudhury, has been accused of sexual assault by six women who allege he sexually harassed, groped, or raped them over the years.

According to the Associated Press, the most recent case against Choudhury was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this month, and the first lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in August.

Attorney Mary Shea is representing the six women, who are taking Choudhury to trial separately. Choudhury’s lawyers, however, say he never assaulted any of the women, and prosecutors reportedly declined to bring charges notes the AP.

Choudhury’s Bikram Yoga technique is taught in over 650 studios throughout the world.

Several Yoga traditionalists, in an interview with ABC News, have accused Choudhury of franchising a sacred aspect of Hinduism with his Yoga franchise and selling spirituality. In response, Choudhury stated, “I am bulletproof, waterproof, fireproof, windproof, money-proof, sex-proof, emotion-proof. Nothing in the world can take my peace away from me.”

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