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Star SoulCycle instructors accused of sex with clients, fat-shaming, racism
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Star instructors at SoulCycle allegedly made racist and homophobic comments on the job, had sex with clients, and fat-shamed co-workers, according to a new investigative report.
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But the popular spin studio chain allegedly brushed under the rug complaints about its top talent — who are referred to as “master instructors” — because they were considered moneymakers and core to the company’s cult following, sources told Business Insider.
“SoulCycle kind of turned the cheek on a lot of stuff as long as they were making money,” claimed Jennifer Brody, who was a studio manager at California’s Palo Alto, Calif., location.
None of the instructors accused of wrongdoing responded to requests for comment, the outlet reported.
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Brody, who is a Black woman, recalled an encounter with one of the master instructors, Conor Kelly, in August 2014.
After taking his class, she changed and put a bandana on her head to which Kelly laughed and allegedly said, “Whoa, Aunt Jemima!”
“That he felt OK calling me ‘Aunt Jemima’ in the middle of a studio lobby in Palo Alto was disgusting,” Brody said.
Brody said she told other colleagues about the remark but ultimately never reported it since she believed, “There wasn’t anyone who would have cared.”