A Vancouver yoga instructor is among six women suing famed yoga chain founder Bikram Choudhury for rape.
Choudhury, 69, is the founder of Bikram Yoga, and counts among his disciples celebrities such as Madonna, Beyoncé, and George Clooney. (Boing Boing was less kind in describing Choudhury in their coverage of the newest lawsuit, calling him a “hot yoga douchebag” in a recent article.)
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles in California Civil court, includes Vancouverite yogi Jill Lawler’s allegations Choudhury “raped her during a teacher-training in the spring of 2010,” according to the New York Times.
Choudhury faces five additional civil lawsuits from women accusing the wealthy guru of assault or rape.
In her suit, Lawler indicates Choudhury “preyed” on her, notes Vancouver Desi. Further, Lawler says she was “repeatedly sexually assaulted, raped and harassed.” During her teacher training, Lawler alleges she had to spend three hours a night massaging Choudhury’s feet. Lawler claims that Choudury began by making sexual advances which evolved into forced intercourse.
In response to the combined lawsuits, Choudhury says the women are making false allegations for financial gain. He faces no criminal charges. Lawler’s case is expected to be heard in court in August.