Tony Robbins Berated Sex Abuse Victims, And Ex-Employees Accuse Him Of Sexual Advances: Report

Self-help guru Tony Robbins is accused of berating sexual abuse victims in at his seminars, and making sexual advanced to female assistants and followers.

Buzzfeed News reports “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.”

According to BuzzFeed News, Robbins’ “employees are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, and audiences who attend his multiday coaching camps must sign contracts forbidding them from recording what goes on inside.”

BuzzFeed News notes that “two former followers who went on to work for Robbins” said “they felt he had sexually harassed them by repeatedly pursuing them after they made clear they weren’t interested.”

According to Buzzfeed News, “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. And another former employee said she was fired after having a consensual sexual relationship with Robbins.”

Buzzfeed News also reports that “Robbins has unleashed expletive-laden tirades on survivors of rape and domestic violence” during his seminars:

She’s fu*cking using all this stuff to try and control men…. Does he put up with you when you’ve been a crazy bitch?

The news site adds: “Two former bodyguards told BuzzFeed News they were sent out to trawl audiences for attractive women on Robbins’ behalf. Two women told BuzzFeed News they had witnessed it or experienced it themselves.”

A letter from Robbins’ lawyer told Buzzfeed News that Robbins vehemently denied “engaging in any alleged ‘inappropriate sexual behavior,’” and was “never intentionally naked” in front of staff.

Robbins lawyers added: “To the extent that he may have been unclothed at various times in his home or in hotels when working while either dressing or showering, and whether a personal assistant may have been present for some reason at that time, Mr. Robbins has no recollection.”

Robbins’ lawyers also stated to Buzzfeed News that Robbins “admits he has made mistakes in relationships and other aspects of his life but he never behaved in the manner intimated by these salacious and false accusations,” and he has been “faithful and committed” to his second wife, Sage, since they married in 2001. No one has “ever filed a verbal or written sexual harassment or abuse complaint against Mr. Robbins in the last four decades,” the letter said.

(Source: Buzzfeed News, Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

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