Bikram Choudhury gets the Bryant Gumbel treatment on the October 25 episode of HBO’s Real Sports. And if you thought he said outrageous things before, this is a whole new level for the shockingly outspoken yogapreneur. In the segment, Real Sports correspondent Andrea Kremer goes to India to question Choudhury on the multiple claims of sexual assault he faces, and also interviews three of his alleged victims, one of whom is speaking publicly for the first time.
The last we heard from Bikram Choudhury, creator of the uber popular and lucrative Bikram Yoga and founder of heinous word vomit, he was reportedly packing his bags for India after he was ordered in January of this year to pay over $7 million in damages for sexually harassing and retaliating by firing his former legal advisor, Minakshi Jafa-Bodden. This, coming after years of multiple sexual harassment and rape suits brought against him by former students and employees who have come forward to share their stories.
Choudhury has fiercely denied any wrongdoing, so much so, that he has proceeded to call his accusers liars for whom he feels “sorry.” In the Real Sports interview, he maintains his innocence and signature braggadoccio, but goes even further, claiming that he has a line of “5,000 women a day” who want to sleep with him and that he can make “a million dollars a day” on a single drop of his sperm. Choudhury boldly states that four women have even gone so far as to commit suicide because he wouldn’t sleep with them. As for the accusers, they’re “trash.”
“I picked them from trash and gave them life,” Choudhury tells Kremer, who appears in disbelief at this man. A man who may have even out-Trumped Trump himself. Choudhury gets angry during the interview and storms off ending it early, calling Kremer “the same trash” and a “piece of shit psychopath.”
The Bikram train is full steam out of control. In a time when rape culture is all too prevalent and we have a presidential candidate accused of sexual misconduct and yes, rape, this speech from the most popular yoga guru in the world strikes with such a sickening blow that it’s almost unbelievable…if you didn’t already have an idea of who Bikram was. The truth is, we should have been listening to the stories of his abuse of power all along. SAD.
Though he hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since January, Bikram Choudhury is still holding teacher trainings abroad.
The episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel airs on Tuesday, October 25 at 10pm ET. Watch the preview below (honestly, it may be enough for you).
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