Jan 11, 2017

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/12/2016

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Bikram Yoga, Colonia Dignidad, Unification Church, Scientology

He made his name and a £60 million fortune from superheated yoga in which devotees, including celebrities such as David Beckham, Lady Gaga and Madonna, sweat through exercise routines in 105F heat.
But The Mail on Sunday has established that Bikram Choudhury, the charismatic 'yogi to the stars', has been stripped of his worldwide empire by a Los Angeles court – the latest twist in a £6.4 million sex harassment case brought by Oxford-educated lawyer Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, a former employee.
As well as being awarded the 700 franchised Bikram Yoga studios around the globe, Miss Jafa-Bodden will also receive Choudhury's multi-million-pound fleet of 43 cars, which includes 13 Rolls-Royces, eight Bentleys and three Ferraris.

Bikram Choudhary
13 Rolls-Royces, eight Bentleys and three Ferraris are part of the 43 exotic cars that have gone missing. The garage manager of Bikram Choudhary was summoned to the court and he has said that he is clueless about the location of the cars.

Chile's highest court has increased the prison sentences for three Germans who led the infamous "Colonia Dignidad." The German commune was the site of child molestations and other human rights abuses from 1961.

South Korea's Constitutional Court said Monday that it has added a religious foundation to the list of organizations for fact reference for its ongoing review of President Park Geun-hye's impeachment.

For the sixth episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the A&E series returned to Clearwater, Fla., which The King of Queens’ cohort, Mike Rinder, said was home to “the spiritual headquarters of Scientology.”

Remini and Rinder visited Aaron Smith-Levin, a former parishioner who claimed he was with the Church for approximately 29 years before departing at the age of 33.

The Church of Scientology is publicly attacking Leah Reimini in a new interview and accusing the actress of making up lies about their religion in a desperate attempt for fame.
'Leah Remini seems to be making a career out of attacking Scientology, and frankly the Church would just like her to get on with her life and find something else to do,' said Monique E. Yingling, a lawyer for Scientology, in a rare interview.
The Church is also claiming that Remini's new show 'Scientology and the Aftermath', which speaks to former members of the religion and details the alleged abuses practiced by the Church, is inciting violence against members.

“Call Me” billboard
Phil and Willie are back! After putting up billboards that call attention to Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy in Los Angeles and Largo, Florida last year, Phil and Willie Jones say they’re launching a new effort to get their billboard put up again in L.A. And that’s where you come in.

This morning, Phil has launched a new gofundme page to raise money for a new run of the “Call Me” billboard. His goal is $10,000, which will keep the billboard up for about three months. And given the media interest for Scientology right now, we have a feeling that another billboard launch will get some attention.

"Philadelphia Freedom Org
Asked about the status of the Chestnut Street building, the church replied by email, "maintenance work is being done on the property while we continue preparations for the full build-out and construction."

A website for the Chestnut Street building dubs it the "Philadelphia Freedom Org" and includes renderings of a chapel, a bookstore and an office for Hubbard, who died in 1986.

Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge said if the contact details of patients had been used to send them an invite for something unrelated to their medical care, then it could constitute a breach of the Privacy Act.

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