Woman doing yoga class suddenly finds worker masturbating next to herBy Mason White 4:41 PM February 7, 2013
|Woman doing yoga|
By: Shifra Unger
A woman was left trembling after suddenly seeing a yoga studio worker sitting next to her and masturbating, according to a lawsuit filed in New York court.
She was finishing his class, but he was just beginning his.
A Manhattan woman in the yoga studio, allegedly was in meditative bliss when she was abruptly awakened by a maintenance worker masturbating beside her mat, according to the lawsuit.
Keiko Herskovitz, a regular at Equinox’s Pure Yoga, located on West 77th Street, was in a so called corpse pose, laying with her eyes closed last week, when she heard someone walking into the room.
At first, Herskovitz, 55, ignored the noise until she felt there was a person next to her. As she opened her eyes, she found a Pure Yoga employee, about six feet away, masturbating, the lawsuit alleges.
Herskovitz faced the maintenance worker and asked, “What are you doing?” She said in court papers. The man, described as a 19-year-old quickly covered himself with a blanket and ran out of the room, the documents said.
Herskovitz immediately told a manager about the incident. The supervisor allegedly denied the charge and said the man was a good employee, court papers state.
The woman who had been attending the studio every week for three years, reported the incident to the police. She later received an email from the studio saying that they took her allegations seriously but did not take any action against the employee.
Her lawyer, Eric Creizman, is set to hire a private investigator to determine whether the maintenance worker has engaged in such incidents in the past.
Herskovitz is suing Related Companies, which owns Equinox, for unspecified damages.