Strike one. Bikram Choudhury has been served his first plate of steaming hot bad news in relation to the series of sexual harassment lawsuits brought against him. In an LA court Monday, the jury found Choudhury at fault in sexual harassment and retaliation against his former legal advisor and was ordered to pay the plaintiff $924,500 in compensatory damages. The jury is deliberating today (Tues.) over whether or not to that’s enough and if punitive damages will be additionally awarded.
To catch you up briefly, this case involves Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, former Head of Legal and International Affairs for Choudhury between 2011 and 2013 who claims she was “abruptly and unlawfully terminated,” and that she had faced years of sexual harassment and “severe, ongoing, pervasive and offensive conduct” by Mr. Choudhury during her employment.
“It’s an enormous vindication,” said Carla Minnard, Jafa-Bodden’s attorney.
There are six more lawsuits from six other women who claim Choudhury sexually assaulted or raped them. The first one is set to go to trial in April. Choudhury has denied any wrongdoing and has said he feels sorry for them.
Meanwhile, he is also going through a divorce from his wife of over 30 years, Rajashree Choudhury, who, we note, stood on the stand and defended her soon-to-be ex-husband as “the boss.”
“Bad News Bikram” is a nickname that might start to stick.
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