Fmr. Greenville masseuse license revoked over sexual assault claim

More than 180 people have reported being sexually assaulted at Massage Envy spas around the country according to a Buzz Feed News investigation

The latest entity to be accused is Massage Envy, a large spa franchise with almost 1,200 locations across the country.

"No one ever reached out to me, to ask how I was doing or to see if they could support me after their employees was convicted, so it was was no longer just an alleged assault", Dick said during the "Today" segment.

Massage Envy, the nation's largest massage franchise, says it is planning to "strengthen" its policies after more than 180 women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault against the company's massage therapists and managers.

Some complained about inappropriate touching, but others reported even more vile interactions, including a masseur who allegedly grabbed a non-consenting woman by the hair and ejaculated on her face, according to court records.

Prior to Ingram's civil lawsuit, Massage Envy never had to respond to a customer in court concerning allegations of sexual assault.

"We hold franchise owners accountable to our policies and, when we say nothing is more important to us than treating clients with respect and giving them a safe, professional experience, we mean it."




"I was following the policy of Massage Envy", the owner said, according to BuzzFeed, "and therefore I thought it was appropriate".

"It's terrible to be assaulted when you're in a very vulnerable position, but I think that for some women it's even worse to go and report what happened to you and not have it taken seriously", said BuzzFeed reporter Katie Baker. These occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages.

"Massage Envy is a partner in crime", Ingram adds.

"I wanted to thank you again for being among the first to start raising awareness about this issue", she said in an email this morning to The Times-Dispatch. The report cites incidents of groping and other violations.

Adam Horowitz, a lawyer who has worked on two dozen cases against Massage Envy, said the actual number of assaults is likely considerably higher. The article references 180 reported incidents. Numerous women cited in the investigation reached out to law enforcement on their own, after they say Massage Envy failed to address their reports of assault.

In another statement reported by NY Daily News, Massage Envy said: "Each of these incidents are heartbreaking for us and for the franchisees that operate Massage Envy locations", the company said in a statement.

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