Bikram responds to assault allegations

Bikram Choudhury has responded publicly to the allegations of rape and sexual assault from six of his students.

Here’s a link to the CNN report (which is of course a video). It’s an exclusive, and the first time he has talked about it.

The Daily Mail gives you the summary:

Speaking out for the first time since six women filed civil lawsuits accusing him of unwanted sexual advances, 69-year-old Bikram Choudhury strongly denied the accusations.

‘I never assaulted them,’ he said as he spoke to CNN. ‘The answer is I feel sorry for them… They’re entranced by somebody – lawyers.’

[snip]

Choudhury told CNN that his success means he would never need to assault anyone.

‘Women likes me. Women loves me,’ he said. ‘So if I really wanted to involve the women, I don’t have to assault the women.’

When asked how his wife of more than 30 years, fellow yoga instructor Rajashree Choudhury, had responded to the accusations, Choudhury became emotional.

‘My wife never look at me anymore,’ he said.

‘Twenty-four hours a day, I work harder than any human being in this Earth… and this is my reward? I’m a rapist? Shame [on] your Western culture.’

No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s post.

Posted by Steve

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