The signature “hot yoga” bearing his name drew throngs of devotees, spawning studios teaching the practice all over the world. He became a spiritual leader and celebrity icon with a long list of famous followers and friends.
But now, the Bikram brand is in jeopardy, with some yoga studios dropping his name after the guru was accused of rape or sexual assault by six of his former students.
Responding to the allegations for the first time in an exclusive interview with CNN, Choudhury said he wanted to set the record straight.
“I want to show you,” he said, “tell the truth to the world, that I never assaulted them.”
Choudhury repeatedly denied sexually assaulting anyone, saying he would never resort to physical aggression to have sex because he has so many offers.
“Women like me. Women love me,” he said. “So if I really wanted to involve the women, I don’t have to assault the women.” Continue reading >>