Fair Confidential” on Investigation
Discovery is the most recent media forum to share more of the
details surrounding sexual assault claims made against famed “hot yoga”
guru Bikram Choudhury. In a special hour-long episode covering the
cases, Carney Shegerian of Los Angeles-based Shegerian
& Associates helped to describe how Choudhury allegedly violated
several women who had trusted him as their yoga guru and mentor.
Six women (two of whom were also interviewed by Vanity Fair
Confidential) filed lawsuits claiming that Choudhury sexually assaulted
and/or raped them. The women are represented by attorneys Mary Shea of Shea
Law Offices in Oakland, California and Shegerian.
In the interviews, Shegerian and the women explained how difficult it
has been to come forward when the Bikram yoga community had been the
victims’ culture and livelihood.
As egregious as Choudhury’s alleged behavior has been, however,
Shegerian said that it is part of a societal issue that reaches well
beyond the yoga realm.
“These cases are actually representative of a problem that has plagued
society for too long,” said Shegerian. “Men in positions of power making
unwanted and illegal sexual advances toward women who are their
employees or students is a problem of epidemic proportions that simply
must stop. These women, our clients, are taking a courageous step toward
shedding light on one such person of influence that has been sexually
harassing, abusing and assaulting women for a very long time. It’s our
job to help these women and put a stop to this.”
One of the women interviewed for the program, Larissa Anderson, is
scheduled to begin her trial on May 1st.
Located Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm
specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged
by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and
possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators (Carney
Shegerian, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winner for 2013, has won 75
jury trials in his career, including 32 seven figure verdicts),
Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of
its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com
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