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Sexual Harassment News: Bikram Yoga, Equestrianism, Prince Andrew, Lyft

11/20/2019

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'He got away with it': how the founder of Bikram yoga built an empire on abuse

THE GUARDIAN

A new Netflix documentary takes a no-holds-barred look at yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, still training teachers after dozens of accusations of abuse

The film, directed by Eva Orner, the Oscar-winning Australian producer of Taxi to the Dark Side, provides direct accounts from former students of sexual harassment and rape by Choudhury at his teacher trainings read more »

Equestrian Legend, Is Permanently Barred From the Sport

NEW YORK TIMES

George H. Morris, a former United States Olympic team coach who is widely considered the godfather of equestrian sport, has been permanently barred from the sport after an investigation into “sexual misconduct involving a minor,” it was announced on Tuesday.

“No matter how big a figure is in their sport, or how old the allegations, nobody is above accountability,” Ju’Riese Colón, the chief executive of the Center for SafeSport, said in a statement. “Athletes and other sport participants must be empowered to stand up for what’s right and speak out against what they know to be wrong.” read more »

Is This Prince Andrew’s Death Rattle? U.S. Epstein Document Cache Could Sink Beleaguered Prince

DAILY BEAST

Prince Andrew is named in a cache of secret legal documents detailing explosive new allegations against Jeffrey Epstein that could be unsealed by a U.S. judge before the end of the year.

The revelation is just one of many fresh blows to have landed on Andrew, leaving him reeling in the aftermath of his disastrous BBC interview. read more »

Trial begins for former Lompoc Lyft driver charged with sexual assault of passenger

KSBY

The jury trial for a former Lyft driver from Lompoc charged with sexually assaulting a passenger is underway in San Luis Obispo.

Jason Lamont Fenwick has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault during the commission of a burglary, oral copulation of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration by a foreign object, burglary, and unlawful use of a concealed recording device. read more »