The proprietor of a Charlotte yoga studio who responded to allegations of sexual harassment from former feminine staff by posting a selfie of himself clad solely in a towel says he’s briefly stepping away from his enterprise.
Kyle Conti, proprietor of Charlotte Yoga in addition to considered one of its instructors, made the announcement Wednesday morning in a letter to the “Charlotte Yoga Family,” in accordance with a replica of the announcement acquired by the Observer.
While Conti wrote that “I vehemently deny” allegations by two fired employees members that he groped and verbally harassed feminine staff and shoppers, he stated he didn’t need to be “a distraction to Charlotte Yoga and its wonderful members and staff.”
“I am going to take some time away from the daily business at the studios,” Conti wrote.
The assertion makes no point out of the photographs Conti posted on social media final week.
Two of Conti’s former staff have filed complaints towards him with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that their former boss created “a sexually hostile work environment” at Charlotte Yoga.
The accusers say they have been fired inside every week of one another after confronting Conti about his conduct, their complaints stated. According to paperwork, a 3rd feminine worker give up outright.
The Observer doesn’t determine ladies who say they’ve been victims of sexual harassment or assault.
Conti, in response to the allegations, regularly made lurid public feedback about his clients and staff whereas bragging that he’d slept with lots of them. The accusers additionally say Conti made a behavior of inappropriately touching engaging ladies who took his courses.
On the morning of a gathering on the EEOC workplace in Charlotte final week, Conti posted a collection of Instagram selfies, together with one taken in his toilet through which he’s sporting solely a towel.
It included this caption: “When your integrity is questioned & you get the opportunity today to look your accuser in the eyes you wake up at 4 am so excited for that moment …”
During the assembly that day, the pictures have been forwarded to one in every of Conti’s accusers who was on the assembly. When Meg Maloney, the Charlotte lawyer who’s representing the previous staff, noticed them, she stated she and her shoppers instantly walked out.
“It was too disturbing to continue after that. I needed two bourbons that night,” she advised the Observer the subsequent day.
Conti’s lawyer, John Brickley of Charlotte, didn’t instantly reply to an e mail looking for remark.
In his letter, Conti wrote that regardless of the allegation towards him, he stays dedicated “to providing a safe and compassionate space for students, teachers and staff.”
“My intention,” he wrote, “is to remain steadfast in the commitment to yoga and to the well being of Charlotte Yoga’s students, teachers and staff.”
Maloney, nevertheless, continued to criticize Conti on Wednesday after studying his assertion, saying “Actions, not platitudes matter.”
“The refusal to acknowledge the realities of what he has done and how it makes others feel is offensive,” she stated in an e mail. “The refusal to apologize, to be open to learning, and to get help and training is consistent with his overall pattern of behavior and his attitude towards others.”
She additionally referred to as on the yoga group to acknowledge “its own failings, while at the same time supporting and embracing the victims. Sexual harassment exists in every industry – even those that have a focus on discipline, mindfulness, health and wellness.”
Michael Gordon: 704.358.5095; @MikeGordonOBS