Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga, has been ordered to pay over AUD$10 million to a woman who said he sexually harassed her. Choudhury, the man who brought hot yoga to the world and had an empire of 650 eponymously named studios was ordered to pay $9.2 million in punitive damages on Tuesday by a Los Angeles jury, in addition to $1.3million in compensation, which he was ordered to pay in the same case a day earlier. According to 7 news, “The woman, Minakshi “Miki” Jafa-Bodden, had said Choudhury sexually harassed her and wrongfully fired her for investigating another woman’s rape allegation.”
The victim of assault, Minakshi “Miki” Jafa-Bodden claimed Choudhury sexually harassed her and wrongfully fired her. She said “This is a good day for women,”in a statement following the verdict.
“Jafa-Bodden faced retaliation and intimidation when she refused to stay silent about witnessing illegal behavior,” her attorney, Mark Quigley, said in a statement.
Last October, a court ruled that Choudhury could not copyright his 26 pose sequencce.