Bikram Choudhury is finally speaking out in response to the six sexual assault and rape claims made against him. In a CNN exclusive interview that aired today, Choudhury denies assaulting any of the women. “I never assaulted,” he said, adding, “I feel sorry for them.” He says that the lawyers are the ones egging on the former students and alleged assault victims.
He goes on to explain that he has so many women who want to have sex with him that he would never have to assault anyone for it. “Women love me, ” he said. “If I really wanted to involve the women, I don’t have to assault.”
Choudhury is moved to tears when he’s asked about how his wife is responding to the allegations, saying that he she will not look at him and he is “dying every day.” He continues, “I work harder than any human being on this earth and this is my reward? I’m a rapist? Shame on your Western culture. It’s your job to go and tell the world the truth,” he says to CNN’s reporter.
Sarah Baughn is also interviewed. Baughn was first to speak out publicly against Choudhury when she sued him for sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination in 2013. In the CNN interview, Baughn shares her account of being sexually assaulted and threatened, a story we’ve grown familiar with hearing, now after five more women have filed lawsuits and sexual assault claims over the past two years. Baughn initially reported an incident that occurred during her training to a Bikram staff member who at the time told her, “He may not be avery good man, but he’s a very good teacher.”
Currently, Choudhury will face charges from at least one of the cases which is set to go to trial.