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Bikram Choudhury Yoga filed for bankruptcy.
Founder Bikram Choudhury was ordered to pay millions of dollars to former employees in lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and misconduct.
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The yoga studio was a major force in bringing hot yoga to the US.
The yoga studio that brought hot yoga to the US has filed for bankruptcy.
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Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The studio listed more than $16 million owed in legal judgments, many apparently related to founder Bikram Choudhury's alleged sexual misconduct.
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The filing indicates the studio owes $5.1 million to Petra Starke, a former White House lawyer who also served as CEO of Bikram's Yoga College of India.
Starke filed a lawsuit claiming that she was essentially fired after she reported acts of apparent sexual misconduct in the company. Testifying in court, Starke said that she witnessed inappropriate actions while at the company, including seeing a 23-year-old yoga instructor giving the 69-year-old Choudhury oral sex in a limo, Law 360 reported.
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