A new report by Buzzfeed lays out, in graphic detail, the shocking and disturbing allegations of sexual assault made against the popular spa Massage Envy.
According to the report, more than 180 women have filed claims against the company, ranging from inappropriate touching, groping and kissing, to forced digital and oral penetration.
Here in the Valley, we’ve had a couple of high profile cases against the company.
Back in 2015, therapist Gabriel Lopez pleaded guilty to sexual abuse after a woman reported Lopez putting his mouth on her breast during a massage at a Tempe massage envy.
In 2016, massage therapist Derrick Douglas was arrested following reports of sexual abuse at a franchise location in Peoria.
Massage Envy addressed the allegations in the following statement to 12 News:
"Each of these incidents are heartbreaking for us and for the franchisees that operate Massage Envy locations. With over 15 years and 125 million massages, even one incident is too many. That's why we will never stop reinforcing to our franchisees the importance of a safe environment. It's why we are constantly listening, learning and looking at how we can do more, including how we support franchised locations with best practices in handling these incidents and supporting their clients.”
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