Bikram Choudhury, the 67-year-old founder of Bikram Yoga (a type of yoga done in 105-degree heat), has been sued by a former student in her 20s for sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as for defamation. The student, who was also a former teacher in Choudhury’s school, alleges in a lawsuit that Choudhury, who is married to another teacher, made sexual advances to her starting when she was 20. According to court documents, she rejected repeated advances, which allegedly included pressing up against her, ordering her to kiss him in front of others, and assaulting her in a Mexico hotel room during a teacher training.
This is not the first time Choudhury has faced controversy: for instance, in 2010, a student claimed that he made derogatory comments about women and gays.
Choudhury, who has previously been called the “Bad Boy of Yoga” by Yoga Magazine, has denied the allegations.
Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/us/bikram-yoga-founder-is-sued-by-former-student.html; http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/hot-yoga-guru-faces-sexual-harassment-charges/