Yoga's Millionaire 'Bad Boy' Sued by His Student
Not the kind of 'hot yoga' Sarah Baughn signed up for
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
Thousands of yoga enthusiasts convene in New York's Times Square to mark the summer solstice, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Temperatures are expected to be near 100 degrees (37C) Wednesday.   (AP Photos/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – The yoga world is facing a far bigger scandal than see-through pants: The founder of Bikram yoga is being sued for sexual harassment and discrimination. A former student says Bikram Choudhury—the 67-year-old millionaire behind the eponymous "hot yoga" empire whose fans include Jennifer Aniston and Madonna—made sexual advances toward her during a four-year period that began at a 2005 training course, and scuttled her career after she repeatedly rejected him, reports the New York Times.

Sarah Baughn, 28, says Choudhury offered her his diamond Rolex and told her he knew her in a past life. Then things got more uncomfortable: She accuses him of whispering sexual comments in her ear during classes, humiliating her in front of other students, and trying to prevent her from attending further training. "I need someone to spend time with me. To give me massages. To talk to me. To love me. To have sex with me," the yoga mogul is alleged to have told her, reports India West, which obtained a copy of the suit. "I need someone to take care of me so I don’t die."

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BCS
Mar 27, 2013 9:12 PM CDT
Here's how Martin describes Bikram leading a class: He's in a black Speedo, bare-chested, his hair tied in a topknot. His triceps stand out like pistons. Sometimes a woman will brush his hair or wash and massage his feet. He resembles a cartoon genie on his magic carpet. Between cell-phone calls, he barks Bengali-inflected criticisms and corrections into his headset. He speaks only in exclamation points. "You, Miss Teeny-Weeny Bikini! Spread your legs! You, Mr. Masturbation! Until I say 'Change,' you do not move a muscle!"I don't know if anyone on here has seen the movie "couples retreat" but if you have, you know who I'm thinking of
lvan
Mar 27, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
Yeah ummmusing little story but Rolex stays where it's at.
Motherchucker
Mar 27, 2013 1:50 PM CDT
women always use the harrassment charge and then they wonder why they never get compliments or dates. Well, duh! You can't have your cake and eat it too, so piss off.