Bikram Choudhury is currently embroiled in a sex scandal that has sent shock waves through the yoga community.
Choudhury, who is the founder of Bikram yoga, has been accused of sexual harassment and discrimination by one of his former students. The 67-year-old instructor is said to have made unwanted advances towards a woman over a four-year period starting in 2005.
Sarah Baughn claims Bikram told her that they once knew each other in a former life. The woman said the instructor then gave her a Rolex watch. It was shortly after this exchange that the Yoga icon began making further advances.
“I need someone to spend time with me. To give me massages. To talk to me. To love me. To have sex with me. I need someone to take care of me so I don’t die,” Bikram allegedly told Baughn. She added that he would sometimes whisper inappropriate comments in her ear.
When she let Bikram know that she wasn’t interested in him sexually, Baughn said his demeanor changed. She alleges that he humiliated her in front of others students. Baughn believes that the Yoga instructor wouldn’t hire her because she shot him down.
The former student stated in court documents in that Bikram “pinned her against the door, and sexually assaulted her by kissing her neck, chest, and face, and grinding his penis against her leg.”
Although Bikram’s involvement in the sex scandal has certainly received a lot of attention, this isn’t the first time the instructor’s behavior has gotten him in trouble.
Pandhora Williams filed a lawsuit against the millionaire after he made some unsavory comments about women during a retreat back in 2010.
“Women are b****es and whores. They’re here for one thing, and that’s to make babies,” the instructor reportedly told those in attendance.
Bikram is a well-known figure in the yoga world. Some of his former students include Jennifer Aniston and Madonna.
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