A California woman is going to sue SoulCycle for negligence after she was shamed by the instructor during the very first class she took. After she tried to speed back up, she fell off her bike and became "catastrophically injured" and dislocated her ankle.
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Carmen Farias was a Beverly Hills SoulCycle class with some of her friends in July 2014 when the incident occurred. Angela Davis was the instructor, and she's quite famous in the community, being the favored instructor of many Hollywood starlets.
According to a report from People, the court documents said that Farias was feeling weak about 20 minutes into class, and she tried to stop pedaling, but the wheel on the bike just kept going. She alleges that Davis ridiculed her for slowing down, "barking" at her, and then the rest of class followed suit with "we don't take breaks."
Farias felt embarrassed in front of her bosses and coworkers, so she tried to pick up the speed and get back in gear with the rest of the class.
"The shame caused Carmen to momentarily attempt to pedal faster," the document states. "Her legs were shaking. Carmen had to stop the pedals from turning, but she did not know how to stop the pedals."
Farias says that due to the fact that she wasn't instructed on how to use the bike, she didn't realize that the wheel wouldn't stop moving unless she removed her shoes from the clips.
"Carmen was in serious peril. Fatigue and disorientation overcame Carmen and she fell to her right and off of the saddle of the spinning cycle,
the report says. When she was unable to stop the bike, she repeatedly dislocated her left ankle as the pedals spun.
Unable to stop the bike, Farias allegedly felt "agony" as she repeatedly dislocated her left ankle as the pedals continued to spin.
As her attorney alleges in the lawsuit, "by the time the pedals did stop, Carmen had been catastrophically injured."
To add to her case, Farias also never signed a waiver. She had one, but it was never collected or asked for when she arrived to the class.
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A representative from SoulCycle told People that they "don't comment on ongoing litigation."