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Tony Robbins is facing accusations of sexual misconduct.
A new article published by BuzzFeed News reveals a host of serious allegations against the self-help guru.
“A yearlong investigation by BuzzFeed News, based on leaked recordings, internal documents, and dozens of interviews with fans and insiders, reveals how Robbins has berated abuse victims and subjected his followers to unorthodox and potentially dangerous techniques. And former female fans and staffers have accused him of inappropriate sexual advances,” the article states.
“Two former followers who went on to work for Robbins provided BuzzFeed News with signed statements swearing under oath that they felt he had sexually harassed them by repeatedly pursuing them after they made clear they weren’t interested,” the report continues.
“Two more women who worked as his assistants said Robbins expected them to work alone with him when he was naked in his hotel room or in the shower,” the article details. “And another former employee said she was fired after having a consensual sexual relationship with Robbins. The events described by all five women took place in the 1990s and early 2000s, when Robbins’ fame was skyrocketing and before he married his second wife.”
According to BuzzFeed, Robbins’ law firm accused their reporters of “pursuing a ‘predetermined’ narrative against Robbins ‘as part of their ‘Me Too’ Agenda,’” and “threatened legal action that would have a ‘devastating impact on the financial condition of BuzzFeed and its investors.’”
Last year, Robbins came under fire for comments about the #MeToo movement, stating during a speech that women were using the movement as a “drug” to “try to get significance,” adding that “anger is not empowerment.”
He later apologized for the comments, writing, “sometimes, the teacher has to become the student and it is clear that I still have much to learn.”