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.

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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 2013

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Choudhury built a business empire around the yoga style that is performed in rooms up to 100 degrees.


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