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The founder of hot yoga has been ordered to pay more than $6m (£4.18m) to a lawyer who says he sexually harassed her and sacked her for investigating allegations against him.

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US-based millionaire Bikram Choudhury is famous for founding hot yoga

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US-based millionaire Bikram Choudhury, 69, is famous for the yoga method he began performing in a hot room in 2002.

The $6m is in addition to $1m Minakshi Jafa-Bodden was awarded on Monday.

She was head of legal and international affairs at Mr Choudhury’s Los Angeles yoga school from 2011 until 2013.

Ms Jafa-Bodden said she was abruptly sacked from her position for refusing to cover up an investigation into a rape allegation.

On Tuesday, a jury in a Los Angeles court ordered the India-born guru to pay her nearly $6.5m in punitive damages, reports say.

The jury on Monday had awarded her nearly $1m in compensation after it decided that she was subjected to harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

That brings the total damages to more than $7m.


BBC News: Bikram Choudhury: Yoga guru fined $6.5m over sexual harassment
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