US: Predatory Yogi after more than picnic baskets
The 67-year-old Indian yoga master [Bikram Choudhury] is being sued by five different women in the California courts, alleging that he used his guru status to lure in victims and then “crush anyone who speaks against him”.
Mr Choudhury’s method of Bikram Yoga, practiced at 105F (41C) heat, has become wildly popular in Britain and the US and its celebrity devotees include Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga and David Beckham.
Yet court documents describe a cult-like atmosphere where the charismatic Mr Choudhury would tell young women training to be instructors they had been “touched by God” before forcing himself upon them.
And he seems to have got away with it for several decades. But the accompanying picture is intriguing. What is it about religious leaders and bad taste?