Massage Envy facing new lawsuits in Bend, nationally

Alyssa Bailey
November 29, 2017

Being safe at Massage Envy was never a concern for Katie Taylor, although she is rethinking that after hearing that more than 180 women reported sexual assaults at Massage Envy locations across the country.

"Go to your auto", she said. She says she regrets that she waited a week to call police, which she did because she was too shocked, embarrassed and confused to act quickly. The woman reported him and he was sacked.

A therapist who worked at a Massage Envy in West Chester, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty last year to indecent assault against nine women and was sentenced to 61/2 to 13 years in prison.

"Massage Envy's policies require that, when there is an allegation of inappropriate conduct, franchisees must immediately remove the therapist from the schedule and report the incident to Massage Envy Franchising".

She says it happened while she was making minimum wage, working as a receptionist at a Massage Envy in Glendale, California, and getting a complimentary massage.

Adam Horowitz is a lawyer representing victims in more than two dozen sexual misconduct cases against Massage Envy. He admitted to police that he touched her inappropriately.

After one year and several calls to police, Rigo was arrested.

"It's really a challenge when you're dealing with a company with so many locations that all have the same name", said Phylissia Landix, of the Dallas Better Business Bureau. "It's why we are constantly listening, learning and looking at how we can do more".

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"It should be something that they should train for and have an understanding of how to respond".

"Massage Envy told BuzzFeed News that it would not be "appropriate to respond point-by-point" to questions "because of pending litigation" and the confidential documents involved".

The victim told NBC 7 she is grateful that the nation-wide investigation by the online news site BuzzFeed alerted the public to the potential dangers women face at massage businesses.

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

The company said the incidents "occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages".

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

Meanwhile, therapists accused of sexual misconduct are remaining at Massage Envy or being quietly fired without being reported to professional regulatory boards, which means they can easily go on to another spa with a sparkling clean record.

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