LOS ANGELES (AP) – The founder of Bikram yoga has been ordered to turn over all proceeds from his global fitness business to go toward a $6.8 million judgment his former legal adviser won against him last year in a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit.
The ruling by a judge in Los Angeles orders Bikram Choudhury to turn over funds from his book sales and from the nearly 700 yoga studios that pay to use his name.READ MORE: 'It Is Infuriating': Personal Info On California Gun Owners Wrongly Made Public
The former adviser, Minakshi Jafa-Bodden said in the lawsuit that Choudhury fired her when she refused to help him cover up a rape allegation, and that he inappropriately touched her.
Jafa-Bodden worked as head of legal and international affairs at Choudhury’s Los Angeles yoga school from spring 2011 until March 2013READ MORE: Levee Safety A Focus In Aftermath Of Sacramento River Boat Fire near I-80 Bridge
Choudhury built a business empire around the yoga style that is performed in rooms up to 100 degrees.
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