Massage Envy Therapists Face Sexual Assault Allegations From Over 180 Women

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

BuzzFeed reported Sunday that more than 180 women have filed police reports, complaints to state boards and lawsuits in civil court over the years against Massage Envy, a franchise that claims almost 1,200 locations across 49 states.

Even more troubling there were reports of assault at Massage Envy franchises from California to New Jersey, but now the online outlet BuzzFeed says it found more than 180 reports at the chain across the nation.

According to an ABC News report, one woman is suing after she said she was assaulted in 2015 at a Massage Envy in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

"Ingram lay there, frozen in fear and disbelief, until the session was over", the report said. "I was following the policy of Massage Envy and therefore I thought it was appropriate", the owner said according to BuzzFeed. "I endured a long, humiliating, and painful trial, and the massage therapist was convicted of a felony sexual assault".

Buzzfeed reported that Massage Envy claimed in court documents that it isn't liable for sexual assaults that happen at its franchised locations.

Another woman in OR said that her massage therapist also sexually assaulted and ejaculated on her.

"Each of these incidents is heartbreaking for us and for the franchisees that operate Massage Envy locations, and we will never stop looking for ways to help our franchisees provide a safe environment at Massage Envy franchise locations".

In Northeast Ohio, there are at least eight Massage Envy locations, including stores in Beachwood, Westlake, Avon, and Strongsville.

"It is imperative that the company, in all approximately 1,200 locations, implement proper screening, training, and supervision of its employees and contractors", said Wayne Cohen, one of the victim's lawyers.

The Buzzfeed "article references 180 reported incidents", the company said in a statement to The Washington Post.

Ingram said she then complained to the outlet's manager who declined to interrupt Deiter's ongoing massage of another client.

Over the past 15 years, Massage Envy has given over 125 million massages, gaining a reputation as one of the most well-known massage parlors around. The chain and its franchises have largely ignored or mishandled the complaints, according to claims against the company.

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