Lama Norbu, a teacher and public figure within the yoga and Buddhist community has been found liable by a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge for sexual assault and battery committed upon a volunteer who became a victim of his attack for sexual assault. With any public figure and anyone in a position of authority, the public must be informed.
Lama Norbu appealed the judgement. On 6/19/18 the appeal was denied. The original judgment still stands and the award of $ 25,000 was deemed reasonable by a three judge panel of the appellate court.
For anyone reading this in the fall of 2018, three things in particular should be noted:
– Emilia Wang brought this action in 2013, long before #MeToo arose as a popular movement encouraging women to speak out against sexual abuses by men in power.
– Her courageous act had as an expressed purpose to give other women the courage to speak out, and to prevent other women from falling prey to the same fate as she did.
– She did so with full awareness that there would be both an emotional cost and a considerable financial cost to bring this matter to light.
As of this writing, Lama Norbu has not paid the $ 25,000 awarded by the court.