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iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A man is in custody in Portland, Oregon, in connection with stabbings on a light-rail train that left two people dead and one injured after commuters tried to calm the suspect who was yelling what police said "would best be characterized as hate speech."

Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland is being held without bail and is to be arraigned Monday, authorities said.

"This investigation started on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 4:30 p.m., when North Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a disturbance on an eastbound MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station involving a male who stabbed two other people," reads a statement by the Portland Police Department. "Multiple officers responded to the area and, while en route, learned that the suspect got off the train and was leaving the area on foot towards Providence Medical Center."

Police and EMS workers arrived at the Hollywood Transit Station and found three victims who were stabbed.

One victim -- an adult male -- died at the scene.

The other two victims were transported to a local hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

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— KATU News (@KATUNews) May 27, 2017


The suspect was located by officers and taken into custody. He received medical treatment and was turned over to homicide detectives.

The Portland Police Department said in its statement that "preliminary information indicates that the suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train.

Police said witnesses told them of two young women -- "possibly Muslim" -- who were on the train at the time of the disturbance and attack, but left prior to police arrival. The young women have not been identified, but one was described as wearing a hijab.

The identities of the suspect and victims have not yet been released. The investigation is ongoing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A man who police say confessed to killing multiple people pleaded guilty to 14 charges including murder and kidnapping Friday, after the family members of his victims delivered emotional statements about the pain he caused them.

Todd Kohlhepp wore an orange jumpsuit and chains in a South Carolina court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty in exchange for serving seven consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. The solicitor agreed not to seek the death penalty as part of the deal.

Kohlhepp was arrested last year after Kala Brown, who had gone missing along with her boyfriend, was found chained on his property. Brown later told police she saw Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, Charles Carver. Carver's body was later found in a shallow grave on Kohlhepp's property.

After Kohlhepp was arrested, police say he admitted that he had killed four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003. He pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with the deaths of seven people.

A Spartanburg County sheriff's investigative report says Kohlhepp "confessed to investigators that he shot and killed" the owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper of Superbike Motorsports, a high-performance motorcycle shop in Chesnee, South Carolina. "Kohlhepp gave details ... that only the killer would know," the report says.

In a statement last year, the sheriff described Kohlhepp as “calm and polite” and said he gave his confession voluntarily.

Family members of the victims filled the courtroom to watch Kohlhepp plead guilty. Many shared how losing a loved one had had a devastating impact on their lives.

Melissa Ponder Brackman's husband, Scott Ponder, was killed in 2003 at the Superbike Motorsports. She shared how her husband's murder came just days after they went to an ultrasound for their first child together.

"He heard the heartbeat of my son just two days before he was murdered," Brackman told the court.

She also said that after her husband's death she has "lived the last 13 years in complete darkness."

The father of victim Meagan Coxie said, "May God have no mercy on his soul."

Brown's spokesperson told the court that she could not be there in person but that she "wants to thank everyone for the support."


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iStock/Thinkstock(WEATHERFORD, Texas) -- Two children in Texas have died after they were locked in a hot car Friday as temperatures soared to 96 degrees, according to police.

A 16-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were killed, police said. Their identities were not released.

Deputies from the Parker County Sheriff's Office were called to a home west of Lake Weatherford shortly after 4 p.m., police said.

The children's mother told police that they "took off." After searching for them on the property, she found them inside a small four-door vehicle, where they had somehow locked themselves inside, police said.

The mother then broke one of the windows and found the children unresponsive, police said. They were pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.

In a statement, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler called the case especially heartbreaking and said that it is still in the early stages of the investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's continued attempts to limit travel and immigration from some Middle East and African countries was dealt its latest setback Thursday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier, temporary block of his executive order on the matter.

In the aftermath, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to "seek review of this case in the United States Supreme Court," where a final decision could be offered and precedent potentially set for similar matters.

The Fourth Circuit heard the case on the executive order en banc, with all of the circuit's judges, a rare step reserved for cases determined to be of exceptional importance. Typically, a case before the court of appeals is heard by three judges and can be reheard by those judges or en banc after the initial decision is handed down.

Because the case was already argued before the circuit's full slate of judges, the next step for the Justice Department would be to petition the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari, the official request for the country's highest court to hear the case. The Supreme Court receives thousands of briefs each year and typically grants certiorari -- accepting the case -- to fewer than 100. At least four Supreme Court justices must approve the petition for certiorari to be granted.

A separate case on the executive order is currently under deliberation by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Should the panel of judges in that case decide for the government, signifying disagreement between circuits, it is more likely that the Supreme Court would be willing to hear the case quickly to settle the lower courts' diverging opinions.

Should the case be accepted by the Supreme Court, the nine justice panel will have the opportunity to study the decisions from, and information provided to, the lower courts. They can also review amicus curiae briefs submitted by outside parties with an interest in the case before hearing oral arguments and questioning each side.

Not only can the justices then affirm or overturn the lower court's decision, they also have the ability to send the case back to the circuit for review with additional information, evidence or context.

All the while, the decision of the lower court will continue to stand while the Justice Department continues to pursue the case.

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U.S. Coast Guard(CAY SAL, Bahamas) -- The FBI has joined the investigation into the case of a South Florida woman who went missing at sea while sailing with her husband.

Isabella Hellmann was last seen by her husband, Lewis Bennett, while they were at sea on the night of May 14, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock confirmed to ABC News on Friday that the Bureau is now investigating Hellmann's disappearance, but declined to provide further information.

According to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV, Bennett said he and Hellman were aboard his 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas when he went to bed around 8 p.m. Eastern time. He said his wife, who was wearing a life vest at the time, agreed to take watch above deck, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall told WPBF-TV.

Bennett said he later awoke to something hitting the boat and felt that it was starting to sink, WPBF-TV reported. He couldn’t find his wife, so he jumped onto a life raft and sent out a distress call, he told the Coast Guard. Bennett was found on the life raft the following day.

After days of scouring the waters off the Bahamas, the Coast Guard called off the search for the missing woman late last week, according to WPBF-TV.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A 67-year-old man was hospitalized after thieves dressed as construction workers robbed a jewelry store in New York City, police said.

According to the New York City Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call about a robbery at Court Street Jewelers in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night around 5:30 p.m.

Detectives determined that three men had entered the jewelry store, brandished a handgun and assaulted the 67-year-old male employee before making off with approximately $800,000 worth of jewelry, gold and cash. One man remained outside the store during the robbery as a lookout, police said.

The employee suffered a laceration to his head and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition, police said.

According to ABC station WABC-TV in New York City, police said the three men inside were dressed as construction workers, while their lookout was clad in a white protective Tyvek suit and used an umbrella to obstruct the view into the store.

No arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a Miami federal prosecutor and father of three after his body was found on a beach in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday.

The body was identified by local police as Beranton Whisenant Jr., 37, and his cause of death is currently being investigated as a crime. Police say he suffered a head wound.

Whisenant had been working on visa and passport fraud cases, according to court documents. He also taught a paralegal program at the University of Miami.

The U.S. Attorney's office did not comment about the circumstances or cause of death, but Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg did say in a statement the office was "saddened" and "shocked" to learn of Whisenant's death.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office family was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Beranton’s death," Greenberg said. "He was a great lawyer and wonderful colleague, and we will miss him deeply. Our thoughts are with Beranton’s family and friends.”

Michael Feiler, a local lawyer who says he knew Whisenant, told the Miami Herald that “he was the epitome of a gentleman and possessed an exceptional legal mind.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — A woman driving a Jeep told police she blacked out prior to hitting a curb, sending her SUV through the air and straight through a brick wall in Milwaukee early Thursday morning.

The Jeep landed inches away from a man sleeping inside.

"To me it was like an explosion," the man told ABC-affiliate WISN. "I didn't know if it was a fire, explosion. I didn't know what was going on."

The driver, as well as the man, identified only as Theo, were not injured.

Milwaukee city inspectors still need to determine if the duplex is safe to live in, but significant damage to the building can be seen.

Milwaukee Police told ABC News the driver could be cited for inattentive driving.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana.

The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being "body-slammed" by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him."

"I'm sick and tired of you guys," Gianforte said in audio of the event released by The Guardian. Jacobs told Good Morning America Thursday morning, "I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next."

After the incident, the Gallatin County Sheriff cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault, and instructed him to appear in court by June 7.

Democrat Quist had hoped to turn the broad unpopularity of President Donald Trump into a win for national Democrats at the ballot box.

Trump won the state by more than 20 percentage points in November's election, though the state re-elected its incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock by a narrow margin on the same day.

The U.S. House seat became vacant after Trump tapped Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke to become Secretary of the Interior.

Nearly 70 percent of votes in Montana were cast early -- before the alleged assault took place.

Speaking to supporters in Bozeman late Thursday night after his win had been called, Gianforte apologized for his actions on Wednesday.

"When you make a mistake you have to own up to it, that's the Montana way," Gianforte said. "Last night I made a mistake... That's not the person I am and it's not the way I'll lead in this state."

"Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions," he added. "You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done."

Gianforte's apology contradicts the statement his campaign released Wednesday evening blaming the incident on "aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist."

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement following Gianforte's victory approving of his decision to apologize.

"Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was right to apologize for his actions in Wednesday’s incident," McDaniel said. "Tonight’s apology was a good first step toward redemption and I hope Gianforte continues to work toward righting his wrong.”

The day after the alleged assault, House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Gianforte's behavior and called for him to apologize, but didn't say he should withdraw from the race.

"There is no time where a physical altercation should occur with the press or just between human beings," he told reporters. "So, that is wrong and it should not have happened."

Three Montana newspapers who had previously endorsed the candidate withdrew their endorsement on Wednesday night, but President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Gianforte via a robocall, did not have a comment Thursday on the alleged assault.

Gianforte has been supportive of Trump's travel ban and health care reform, and backed the president's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

Before running for the congressional seat, Gianforte unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Montana in 2016.

Thursday's election leaves Democrats without a win in special elections since November, with Republicans having won contests in Louisiana, Kansas and now Montana. But they'll have more chances next month, as candidates battle for House seats in three special elections in California, Georgia and South Carolina.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Wisconsin woman was pumping gas this week when a thief jumped into the driver's seat of her car and she leapt onto the hood of the car to stop him, in a shocking moment caught on video.

Melissa Smith, 28, of Milwaukee, said at least four other cars were at the gas station alongside her as she pumped gas Tuesday afternoon.

When she got out of her car to remove the gas pump, she said she left the keys in the ignition.

She then "turned around and realized someone was in my car."

"I had a 'this is not happening today' moment," she recalled to ABC News, and "ran around my car and then decided to hop on."

Smith said she grabbed the windshield wiper and screamed at the thief.

But the carjacker started and stopped the car, apparently trying to throw her off the hood, she said.

Timothy Gauerke, a public information officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, said the suspect drove the victim's car while the victim was on the hood. The suspect eventually stopped the car and fled after stealing the victim's purse, Gauerke said. The video shows the suspect jumping into the backseat of another car. Gauerke said multiple suspects were involved in the attempt to steal the victim's car and that police are still looking for them.

Smith said, "I'm glad he didn't go and move into the street with me on the car, but when he finally got out of my car, he left it in drive and let it roll into traffic, where I had to hop into my moving vehicle to stop it."

Smith said she suffered bruises but no serious injuries.

Looking back, she said, "I definitely should not have jumped on my car and risked my life, but that was not what I was thinking at that moment."

She said she's learned to "be more aware of your surroundings no matter where you are."

"And take your keys with you and lock your car doors when you get gas!" she said. "I will never not do that."

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Arkansas State Parks(NEW YORK) -- One man found the perfect last minute Mother's Day gift for his wife when he spotted a small rock that turned out to be a diamond.

"When I told her I was going to find her a diamond for Mother's Day I didn't know I would actually find one," Wendell Fox told ABC News about his find at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, on May 13. "I sort of pre-committed so I had to follow through," he said.

Fox, 70, and his wife Jennifer, 68, live in Joliet, Montana, most of the year, but as Arkansas natives, the pair knew the storied history behind the state park. "The diamond mine is part of Arkansas history and it's the only one in the U.S." he explained, unaware that the park had been a hot bed for other diamond-seekers in recent months.

 Fox said he and his wife were walking around the grounds for about an hour and a half "looking for a glimmer" when he noticed the gem.

"I was surface looking, walking very slowly and looking very slowly and I saw it," Fox said. "I got down for a closer inspection because I wasn't quite sure what to look for, but as soon as I saw it I thought, 'that's probably a diamond.'"

Fox showed the peanut-sized stone to his wife who told him to take it to the Diamond Discovery Center. When Fox pulled it from his pocket to show the employees, "one of the ladies sort of gasped and I just saw this big smile," he said.

The staff confirmed that Fox discovered a 2.78-carat champagne colored diamond, the second-largest one registered at the park this year.

 Earlier in May Victoria Brodski of Tulsa, Oklahoma, found a 2.65-carat brown gem that she dubbed the Michelangelo Diamond. On March 11, Centerton, Arkansas, resident Kalel Langford found a 7.44-carat brown gem that he named Superman's Diamond.

Fox named his gem "Way Out Yonder" as a tribute to their home in Montana. The gemstone will be made into a pendant for his wife, Jennifer.

"We still can't believe that we found it. It was just by the grace of God and love," Fox said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has issued its annual Atlantic hurricane season outlook. The season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

This year, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecasts an above-normal hurricane season with a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

“The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or nonexistent El Nino, near- or above-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Strong El Ninos and wind shear typically suppress the development of Atlantic hurricanes, so the prediction for weak conditions points to more hurricane activity this year. Also, warmer sea surface temperatures tend to fuel hurricanes as they move across the ocean. However, the climate models are showing considerable uncertainty, which is reflected in the comparable probabilities for an above-normal and near-normal season.

Even though Atlantic hurricane season does not start until June 1, there's already been one tropical storm, Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April. This storm is already included in the 2017 season forecast.

But having tropical activity before the official start of the hurricane season does not necessarily mean it will be a busy hurricane season. Also, having a busy hurricane season does not mean there will be a lot of land-falling hurricanes or tropical storms in the United States.

For example, in 1992, the first named storm did not form until August, and it was Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida. In another example, the 2010 hurricane season was above average with 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. Despite the busy season, not a single hurricane and only one tropical storm made landfall in the United States.

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William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian said he's still in shock after Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's special House election, allegedly body-slammed him on the eve of the nationally-watched election.

"It's still been a surprising, shocking set of events," Jacobs told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Thursday. "But I'm recovering."

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault following the purported incident, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office website.

"Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault," the sheriff's office said in a statement Wednesday night.

The statement added that the "nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault."

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William Campbell/Getty Images(MISSOULA, Mont.) -- The Republican candidate for the Montana at-large U.S. House of Representatives special election, Greg Gianforte, has been cited for misdemeanor assault after he allegedly assaulted a reporter Wednesday -- less than 24 hours before polls are to open in the state -- law enforcement officials said late Wednesday night.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin announced the charge on the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office website.

"Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault," he said. The statement added that the "nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault."

At a press conference earlier in the day, Gootkin said that four people were present for the alleged incident.

As a result of the citation, Gianforte is schedule to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7.

Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for The Guardian, approached former technology executive Gianforte at a meet-and-greet event at the candidate's office in Bozeman, according to Jacobs, fellow reporter Alexis Levinson of Buzzfeed News, who was nearby and heard the commotion, and journalists with Fox News who witnessed the incident.

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna said she and two members of her production crew -- field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey -- witnessed the incident first hand.

"Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him," Acuna wrote in a Fox News report on Wednesday, summarizing the incident.

"Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter," she said, confirming Jacobs' account of the incident.

As Levinson recounted in a series of posts on Twitter and in audio of the encounter later posted by The Guardian, Jacobs approached Gianforte as he was preparing for a television interview and asked for his opinion on the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the American Health Care Act.

"We'll talk to you about that later," said Gianforte. After Jacobs asks again, Gianforte refers him to a spokesman and then a scuffle ensues.

"I'm sick and tired of you guys," said Gianforte on the audio recording. "The last guy who came in here ... did the same thing. Get the hell out of here."

At one point Gianforte asks, "Are you with The Guardian?"

After the alleged incident Wednesday, Jacobs wrote on Twitter, "Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses."

Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017

In an interview on MSNBC Wednesday evening, Jacobs elaborated, saying that he had "been pressing the campaign for a few days to grab Gianforte one-on-one" and after being rebuked, attempted to ask about the CBO score "while he was just standing around."

After detailing the moments on the audio recording, Jacobs said, "And next thing I know, I'm being body slammed."

"He's on top of me for a second. My glasses are broken," said Jacobs. "It's the strangest... moment in my entire life reporting."

The reporter said he then left and called police before being brought to the hospital where he was to have his elbow X-rayed. He has since been released, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said during a press conference Wednesday night, adding it was not aware of the specifics of his injuries.

The Guardian's U.S. Editor, Lee Glendinning, issued a statement supporting Jacobs: "The Guardian is deeply appalled by how our reporter, Ben Jacobs, was treated in the course of doing his job as a journalist ... We are committed to holding power to account and we stand by Ben and our team of reporters for the questions they ask and the reporting that is produced."

Before the charges were filed, Gianforte's spokesman Shane Scanlon had issued a statement placing the blame on Jacobs and claiming the candidate's actions were a response to Jacobs pushing a phone in his face during "a separate interview in a private office" that he entered "without permission."

"Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined," read the statement, which was issued before Gianforte was cited for a misdemeanor. "Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ."

But fallout from the incident was swift. The editorial boards of three state newspapers -- the Missoulian, the Billings Gazette and the Independent Record -- announced late Wednesday night that they were rescinding their previous endorsement of Gianforte.

"Greg Gianforte should not represent Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives," wrote the Missoulian. "The Republican candidate for Congress not only lost the endorsement of this newspaper Wednesday night ... he should lose the confidence of all Montanans... Gianforte violated that pledge when he attacked a reporter for doing his job Wednesday night."

And the Billings Gazette wrote, "We're at a loss for words. And as people who wrangle words on a minute-by-minute basis, that doesn't happen often. What happens even less — hopefully never again — a Montana candidate assaulting a reporter. While there are still questions left unanswered about GOP House hopeful Greg Gianforte's altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, eyewitness accounts, law enforcement investigations and records are all shocking, disturbing and without precedent."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A judge in Los Angeles, California, has issued an arrest warrant for Bikram Choudhury, the founder of "hot" yoga who was ordered in 2016 to pay more than $7 million in a sexual harassment suit.

Choudhury has not paid the judgment. Authorities believe that he has hid his assets and left the country.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, the warrant allows authorities to arrest him if he returns to the U.S. or, possibly, in Mexico.

In January 2016, a jury determined that Choudhury had sexually harassed and then unfairly fired Minakshi "Miki" Jafa-Bodden, his onetime lawyer. He was ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million in punitive damages in addition to $924,000 in compensatory damages.

Jafa-Bodden was general counsel to Bikram's Yoga College of India but was fired after refusing to cover up allegations that Bikram had raped and sexually assaulted a yoga student.

"I feel vindicated," she told ABC News in 2016. "I'm elated."

She convinced the jury that the 69-year-old guru had repeatedly sexually harassed her and subjected her to obscene comments about women.

She also claimed she was fired after she tried to investigate another woman's sexual harassment and rape allegations against him. During the trial over Jafa-Bodden's allegations, Bikram strongly denied sexually assaulting any women. He also denied to ABC News ever having any sexual contact with his students or followers.

Choudhury was one of the pioneers of yoga in the United States, setting up shop in Beverly Hills in the 1970s. His client list is a who's who of the rich and famous. Now his yoga studios are franchised worldwide.

Bail was set at $8 million.

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