Carney Shegerian Shares Insights on Bikram Choudhury Sexual Assault Cases with Vanity Fair Confidential | Business Wire

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The investigative news program “Vanity

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

Media Contact: To arrange interviews with Carney Shegerian regarding

this case, please contact Paul Williams, 310/569-0023,

[email protected]