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Alec Baldwin's Wife Hilaria Thomas Sued for 'Negligence' in Her Yoga Class

February 17, 2013 21:19:52 GMT

The yoga instructor is accused of forcing Spencer Wolff to do a handstand too close to window in an overcrowded class.


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Alec Baldwin's pregnant wife Hilaria Thomas is facing a lawsuit from one of the students in her January 15 yoga class. Spencer Wolff, 32, claims he suffered severe injuries after asked by the instructor to "perform a dangerous activity at a wall" in a jam-packed room, citing "negligence" on her part for the alleged accident.

New York Post reports that Wolff, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in comparative literature at Yale who blogs for the Huffington Post and holds degrees in law from Columbia and the Sorbonne in Paris, was forced to do a handstand too close to window due to the overcrowded space. He allegedly hit the window and shattered the glass.

He reportedly "ripped open his left leg and foot after he lost his balance and crashed into a sixth-floor window" at Yoga Vida near Union Square. There's a lot of blood in the dramatic fall. He was wrapped in a blanket and rushed via ambulance to Weill-Cornell Medical Center. His male friend accompanied him to the hospital along with Thomas, 28.

Wolff accuses the instructor of putting her students in "extreme danger" by letting them "exceed a safe and/or maximum allowable number of persons." According to one student, her class that opens for beginners and advanced participants with $10 per individual gets insanely crowded that there's only one-inch space or two between mats.

Wolff's Lawyer Paul Weitz says due to the serious injuries, Wolff "can't flex the ankle and the foot points downward. He's in a boot," adding that "he is worried whether he'll be able to use his leg normally again - and right now itís a waiting game."

The yoga studio hasn't commented on the lawsuit, but a friend of Thomas' insists she did nothing wrong. The friend claims Wolff was doing the handstand incorrectly and was told to stop but continued anyway.

Thomas has been a yoga instructor since 2005. She's currently expecting her first child with Baldwin.

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posted by OneHorseTown on Feb 17, 2013
I disagree. These yoga studio owners are greedy morons! They'll stick dozens of people in an overcrowded room, and promise everyone that it's alright. They promise that they'll pay attention to everyone and give everyone the "individualized attention" they deserve, which is virtually impossible. I know how peer pressure works in a yoga class, and I promise you that Thomas is just another egotistical yoga teacher who claims to know everything. He may not be able to sue because of the fine print, but perhaps this can be a learning moment for her and her ilk...though I doubt it, because they're all so freaking egotistical!
posted by ForTheDefence on Feb 17, 2013
If he was in "extreme danger", why didn't he just leave the class in the first place? Is it any surprise that he has a law degree? Now he thinks there are deep pockets so sue? I feel sorry for people who try to do a good thing like teaching yoga and have to deal with this type of thing. If you've got degrees from these institutions, then perhaps you could make a judgment about what is and is not a safe activity.

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