12/06/2013 09:14 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Bikram Yoga's Embattled Founder: The Alleged Rapes and Sexual Harassment Claims Against Guru Bikram Choudhury


Bikram Choudhury’s eponymous brand of hot yoga has drawn thousands of fans. But in just the last year, writes Vanity Fair contributor Benjamin Wallace in the January issue, five women have filed lawsuits against Choudhury, with charges ranging from rape to sexual harassment.

Most of the plaintiffs tell similar stories. Choudhury allegedly singled out a naïve young woman for attention, groomed her with talk of her cosmic specialness, made progressively more sexual overtures, and responded to rejection with angry threats:

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