The founder of a superheated form of yoga followed by celebrities such as Madonna, Beyonce and David Beckham has been stripped of his worldwide empire and ordered to hand over his fleet of luxury cars, it was reported yesterday.
Bikram Choudhury, 70, was said to have been told to surrender his business after losing a sexual harassment case in Los Angeles.
Choudhury gave his name to Bikram Yoga, which became an international phenomenon after he introduced the 40C workouts in California in the early 1970s. Last January he lost a case brought by the former head of his legal team, Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, who said that the yogi was a sexual predator who had preyed on his young female devotees. Ms Jafa-Bodden, 47, alleged that she had been wrongfully dismissed for investigating allegations against him of sexual harassment and assault.