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180+ Woman Reported Assault At Massage Envy Locations Across US

28 November, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • 180+ Woman Reported Assault At Massage Envy Locations Across US

The manager of the franchise, Nicole, answered the phone and declined to interrupt Deiter's ongoing massage of a different client.

"He lifted up my body, groped both of my breasts roughly and aggressively".

In one recent incident, a woman says that her massage therapist removed the sheet that was covering her and engaged in oral sexual activity during the session in Washington, D.C. The victim has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the company.

Massage Envy is one of the largest chain of massage franchises in the USA, touting a reputation of professionalism, but BuzzFeed said its investigation brought to light dozens of sexual assault lawsuits, complaints and police reports against the national business.

"But a review by BuzzFeed News found the company's policies on reporting improper conduct do more to protect the company brand than to ensure customer complaints are handled appropriately". The manager refused to end the current spa session and instead she "invited me in to talk about my services", Ingram claimed.

The American Massage Therapy Association told BuzzFeed that "anyone who feels there may be inappropriate behavior to call the local police immediately" and that "any massage therapist who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face the legal consequences".




However, it turns out a number of those massages have crossed the line, and now 180 women are coming out with accusations stating they were sexually assaulted while under the parlor's care.

But the lawyers representing numerous victims told BuzzFeed News that there are more cases where women reported abuse by massage therapists to police but no arrests were made. Dieter later pleaded guilty in 2016 to sexually molesting nine women while working at Massage Envy between fall 2014 and spring 2015, reported WFMJ.

Turns out, two other women attempted to warn the spa about Deiter before Ingram, court records show.

She helped draft federal legislation that would require massage spas to report sexual assault allegations to police. Massage Envy - which has more than 1,100 franchises in 49 states, according to its website - dubbed the reported incidents "heartbreaking" in a company statement obtained by AFP.

In a statement released to ABC, Massage Envy said it was "heartbroken" over every incident and that one incident is too many.

The victims according to the findings say they reported the assault to management but authorities were never contacted.

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