Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions about sexual activity.
In recordings released exclusively to The Roys Report, a man who co-owned two spas with the late apologist Ravi Zacharias said Zacharias had a “pattern” of exposing himself to therapists and masturbating. And when the co-owner, Anurag Sharma, confronted Zacharias about an allegation of “misbehaving,” Sharma said Zacharias told him to delete information about Zacharias’ spa appointments.
Sharma also said on the recordings that the landlord of the building the spas leased once asked Sharma whether Zacharias believed in “happy endings.” (In the spa business, a “happy ending” generally refers to an orgasm for a client, courtesy of a masseuse.)
Sharma also said that a therapist at one of the spas once said “something surprising . . . She talked about like a ‘happy ending or something.’”
These revelations and others were included in approximately five hours of audio recorded by Sharma in three separate interviews with investigators in November and December 2020. These audio files were then sent by Sharma to The Roys Report last week.
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Sharma said one of the interviews was conducted about a month and a half ago by attorneys with Miller & Martin—the firm hired by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) to investigate allegations that Zacharias had abused therapists at the spas. Another interview was conducted in late December by private investigators hired by Miller & Martin.
A third interview was conducted on December 19 by an attorney hired by the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA)—the denomination that had ordained Zacharias.
The interviews confirm allegations reported this fall by Christianity Today and WORLD Magazine that Zacharias had exposed himself and masturbated during regular treatments at the spa. The alleged victims also claimed Zacharias had inappropriately touched them, but Sharma said he didn’t know anything about that.
Sharma Reports “Pattern” of Abuse
Sharma said he first discovered Zacharias’ pattern of misconduct when a therapist at one of the spas complained to him about Zacharias’ behavior sometime between 2007 and 2010. These are the years Sharma and Zacharias owned Jivan Wellness, a spa specializing in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicine system with Hindu roots.
“It started actually, the lady therapist who had come and who talked about that he’d been misbehaving—exactly the pattern that was there . . .” Sharma told an attorney hired by the C&MA. “And this was exactly the pattern, which was, I saw it plenty of time.”
When asked by the attorney what the “pattern” looked like, Sharma replied, “The pattern was like, ‘Hey, I traveled, worked very hard or something,’ and then it was more of, ‘so that I have the right to’—I guess it’s uneasy for me to talk about it because Ravi is the only friend I have. But uh, it was more like a, a desire to masturbate.”
In the interview with private investigators hired by Miller & Martin, Sharma gave more specifics, confirming that Zacharias had exposed his genitals to the therapist.
To hear that interaction, listen to the clip below:
Sharma told the C&MA-hired attorneys that the therapist did not want to talk to anybody about the abuse, so the therapist and Sharma dropped the matter.
“She was devastated because everybody has faith in—I mean, I was mesmerized by Ravi,” Sharma added.
Sometime during the Jivan years, Sharma said two people spoke with him about “happy endings.”
Sharma said the first was Ben Hodges, the landlord of the building at 10990 State Bridge Road in Alpharetta, Georgia, which Jivan leased. According to Sharma, Hodges specifically asked, “Does Ravi believe in ‘happy ending’?”
Sharma said the question was “totally surprising and shocking” because Hodges “respects Ravi a lot.”
“That was odd to me, asking that question about the person who you respect,” Sharma added.
Sharma discusses this incident with Miller & Martin Attorney Lynsey Barron in the clip below:
Sharma said a therapist also talked to him about “happy endings.” This was a therapist that Sharma and Ravi had taken to India to learn about Ayurveda so she could apply that knowledge at Jivan.
Sharma said he sometimes received massages from this therapist.
“Once I felt uncomfortable,” Sharma said. “She talked about like ‘happy ending’ or something.”
Sharma explains that interaction with the attorney hired by C&MA below. (Names of victims have been bleeped out to protect their privacy.):
Therapist Refuses to Take Appointment with Zacharias
In 2010, Sharma said Anna Adesanya, the manager of Jivan Wellness, came to him because a therapist refused to take an appointment with Zacharias because of his misconduct.
This led to a meeting between Adesanya, Sharma, and Zacharias at Zacharias’ office, which was in Norcross, Georgia, at the time.
Adesanya told WORLD Magazine that after that meeting, Sharma fired the therapist who had refused to take the appointment with Zacharias. However, Sharma told the investigators hired by Miller & Martin that he didn’t remember doing that.
What Sharma does remember, however, is that Zacharias told Sharma to delete information about Zacharias when they spoke on the phone about the incident.
“I said ‘She doesn’t want to be, she’s not comfortable making appointment with you’ or something,” Sharma told the investigators. “And then, I came across something, which was like kind of hurtful to me in terms of like a, I mean, ‘Delete all my information, whatever it is.’ And I was like, ‘What the heck have I done wrong?’ You know?”
“You say delete all my information?” an investigator asked.
“All the treatment,” Sharma replied.
Later in the interview, Sharma confirmed that Zacharias had instructed him to delete all his appointments from the software program the spa used, and to remove Zacharias as a customer.
Several excerpts where Sharma discusses deleting information with investigators are below:
A Dream Becomes a Nightmare
Sharma said that after the meeting with Zacharias and Adasanya—and Zacharias’ request to delete information—Sharma wanted out of the spa business. The experience, he said, was devastating to him emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
Sharma, who was raised a Hindu, first met Zacharias because Sharma had questions about life and spirituality. And it was through Zacharias that Sharma became a believer and the two formed a close friendship. Repeatedly, Sharma says in the interviews that Zacharias was his only friend.
Sharma said that when Ravi invited him to be an investor in the first spa, which was incorporated in 2004 and called Touch of Eden, Sharma was “thrilled.”
“I was on Cloud Nine that somebody like Ravi’s asking me to be his partner,” Sharma told the attorney hired by C&MA.
In his interview with Lynsey Barron, Sharma said that his main interest in the spa was not financial, but spiritual. He saw it as an opportunity to spend time with Zacharias and discuss Christianity. As a result, Sharma said he didn’t even look at a business plan, but quickly invested around $50,000.
Sharma said the third investor in Touch of Eden was a woman named Vicki, who ran the spa’s day-to-day operations. (I am not reporting Vicki’s last name to respect her privacy. However, Vicki is listed on official business documents I obtained from the state of Georgia.)
Sharma said Vicki expressed a desire in 2007 to get out of the business but he didn’t know why. As a result, Sharma said he and Zacharias closed Touch of Eden, which was both a spa and a hair salon.
Zacharias and Sharma then incorporated Jivan Wellness in April 2007 and converted the salon/spa into a pure Ayurvedic spa. This required major remodeling, which Sharma said he funded.
Sharma added that he and Zacharias bought a business in Duluth, Georgia, which enabled them to acquire massage therapists. Sharma said he and Zacharias had no therapists after closing Touch of Eden.
According to the state of Georgia, Jivan Wellness dissolved on September 13, 2010. Sharma told me in a follow-up interview that the meeting with Zacharias and Adasanya had occurred in July 2010.
Over the six years he owned spas with Zacaharias, Sharma said he invested $300,000 to $400,000, or even more, in the businesses and got little in return.
After getting out of the business, Sharma said he was homeless and lived for a time with his brother and with Adasanya.
In his interview with investigators hired by Miller and Martin, Sharma referred to the spa business as a “shattered dream” and said he was “depressed” after Jivan closed. He then moved to California to try and start his life over.
Below is a clip where Sharma talks about his investment in Jivan Wellness:
Sharma Discovers Abuse at Touch of Eden
Sharma said he never knew that any abuse occurred at Touch of Eden while the spa was in operation.
However, more recently, Sharma said he connected with a theology professor in Canada, named James Beverley, who had been researching allegations against Zacharias. Sharma said Beverley also had connected with Vicki, the former spa manager at Touch of Eden.
After talking to Beverley, Sharma said he talked to Vicki. And according to Sharma, Vicki “talked about (Zacharias) misbehaving with at least three or four girls before even I (was) even aware of it.”
I spoke with Beverley, a research professor at Tyndale University, who confirmed that he spoke with Sharma in the summer of 2020. Beverley also said he had spoken and corresponded with Vicki in July 2020, and that Vicki had told Beverley that Zacharias had molested multiple therapists at the spa.
I reached out to Vicki through her attorney for comment. But her attorney said Vicki did not want to speak about what happened with Zacharias at this time.
In the clip below from his interview with the attorney from the C&MA, Sharma talks about several of the incidents involving Zacharias, including those that were relayed by Vicki. (Mentions of Vicki’s last name have been bleeped out.):