Speaking for the first time about sexual assault accusations by six women, Bikram Choudhury said he doesn’t think his accusers are “bad people.” He thinks they’re “influenced by lawyers,” according to a CNN interview. Choudury founded the wildly popular Bikram Yoga movement (and business empire) whose adherents include Madonna and Jennifer Aniston.
Choudhury also proudly claimed he wouldn’t need to resort to rape. “If I really wanted to [get] involved with women, I don’t have to assault,” he said. His further defense? “Women love me,” he claims. This is no doubt true, based on the photo montage of the Yoga master with famous women in the CNN story below–a story which can’t resist lingering over the sweaty bodies that made Choudhury’s reputation and fortune. He goes on trial in one case in August.