Photo: James Arthur Ray mug shot.
Ray was arrested Wednesday night and booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.
Ray has built a multimillion-dollar empire as a self-help superstar who teaches people about financial and spiritual wealth, and uses free seminars to recruit followers to more expensive events.
Photo: Kirby Brown, 38, did not survive sweat lodge.
He soared in popularity after appearing in the 2006 documentary "The Secret," and he promoted it on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live."
The Oct. 8, 2009 sweat lodge ceremony was intended to be the highlight of Ray's five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event at a retreat he rented near Sedona. He told participants, who paid more than $9,000 each to attend, that it would be one of the most intense experiences of their lives.
Photo: Liz Neuman, 49, was a sweat lodge victim.
About halfway through the two-hour ceremony, some began feeling ill, vomiting and collapsing inside the 415-square-foot structure. Despite that, Ray urged participants to push past their physical weaknesses and chided those who wanted to leave, authorities and participants have said.
Two people — Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee — passed out inside the sweat lodge and died that night at a hospital. Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., slipped into a coma and died a week later. Eighteen others were hospitalized.
Ray's attorneys said that the charges were unjust and they were confident he would be exonerated in court. "This was a terrible accident, but it was an accident, not a criminal act," Ray attorney Luis Li said.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 12 1/2 years on each count. His bond was set at $5 million, and his first court hearing was scheduled Thursday.
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