Two Sacramento County Women Accuse Massage Envy Therapists, Franchises of Sexual Misconduct

Two Sacramento County Women Accuse Massage Envy Therapists, Franchises of Sexual Misconduct

Two Sacramento County Women Accuse Massage Envy Therapists, Franchises of Sexual Misconduct

Dozens of women have accused employees of a popular massage chain of sexual assault and say the company has mishandled victims' claims or not addressed them at all, according to an investigative report by BuzzFeed News.

Almost 200 women nationwide have joined a lawsuit against Massage Envy, alleging sexual assaults during massage sessions.

Massage Envy in a statement referred to the incidents described in the report as "heartbreaking" but said that it isn't liable for assaults taking place at the spas because the individual locations are franchises, meaning there are now no protections in place for customers.

In its response to the lawsuit, Massage Envy in Rancho Bernardo and Massage Envy Franchising, LLC both denied the woman's allegation.

In a statement, officials with Massage Envy say the allegations are heartbreaking, and they will continue helping franchises create a safe environment for customers.

She helped draft federal legislation that would require massage spas to report sexual assault allegations to police.

Christopher Rosario, who worked at the Massage Envy in Bend, is now embroiled in three civil lawsuits and one criminal case related to sex abuse allegations at the massage spa.

The woman said she asked the man to move to another area when he came too close to her vaginal area and that she asked him to stop the massage completely when he began to massage her bare breast.

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The Chester County DA's office says Deiter was linked to nine victims, but a BuzzFeed report says it's actually a disturbing trend with other suspects harming almost 200 alleged Massage Envy victims from coast to coast.

Ingram tried to report her incident to Massage Envy, saying that Dieter "stuck his fingers in my vagina less than an hour ago", and pleaded on the phone for a spa manager to remove Dieter's female client from the room.

Police said Christian Wells admitted to inappropriately touching a woman while he was working at Massage Envy in Brentwood. Instead, franchise owners are given vague instructions to conduct their own investigation.

"And that includes what's appropriate or inappropriate to happen in a massage session from your speech, what you do or do not talk about, how you dress, appropriate touch", Craft said.

The company also says it isn't liable for sexual assaults that take place at the spas because the individual locations are franchisees. These occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages.

Ingram told CBS News that she felt the response sounded nearly "scripted" in its impersonal nature.

She made the call to police after the manager allegedly turned a blind eye to her complaint. If something feels off, report it to law enforcement, state regulatory boards, and the spa immediately.

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