Bikram Yoga founder begs female followers to 'give massages, have sex', claims ex-student
New York, Mar 21 : Indian yoga guru Bikram Choudhury has been accused of sexual harassment by one of his former students, a report has said.
Sarah Baughn has claimed in a new lawsuit that the founder of Bikram Yoga is a hopeless pervert who despises his wife and begs his flexy female followers to brush his hair, give him massages and have sex.
Baughn, a top Bikram teacher, respected yoga coach and model for Lululemon yoga clothing, made the claims in a sex-harassment and discrimination suit filed this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, the New York Post reports.
The 29-year-old woman claimed that Choudhury, 67, relentlessly pursued her for years and then sexually assaulted her and sabotaged her Bikram career after she refused to respond to the constant come-ons.
According to the paper, the suit claims that Choudhury, who counts Madonna, George Clooney and Demi Moore among his followers, would carefully check out his female students, choosing the most devoted "to brush his hair and massage his body."
Choudhury first propositioned her at a 2005 teacher-training seminar in LA, the suit claims.
He "picked her as a favorite" after class and insisted: "I know you from a past life. We have a connection. It is amazing. Should we make this a relationship?"
According to the paper, Choudhury was sued last year by another woman who said the guru routinely made sexually explicit and inappropriate remarks at teacher-training seminars.