Update: Massage Envy Worker Accused of Sexual Assault to Plead Guilty
December 11, 2017 – A man accused of attacking at least 4 women while he worked as a masseur at Massage Envy locations in Maryland and Washington D.C. has agreed to plead guilty in 2 of those cases this week. The defendant,Habtamu Gebreselassie, has been accused of sexual misconduct at 3 different spas: A Massage Envy in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington D.C., another in Bowie, Maryland, and at an unaffiliated massage parlor on the 2000 block of P Street NW in D.C.
What’s the Problem?
November 27, 2017 – An investigation by BuzzFeed News found more than 180 women have accused Massage Envy masseurs of groping and other illicit sexual acts. The company said these incidents have been astonishingly low, considering they’ve done 125 million massages over the past 15 years.
Susan Ingram, one of the women who has come forward against Massage Envy, said her masseur turned into a sex-crazed maniac during her 7th massage in 2015.
“I was really in a state of shock, disbelief, fear,” Ingram said.
She claims the abuse began when James Deiter started rubbing his groin against her.
“He lifted up my body, groped both of my breasts roughly and aggressively,” Ingram said. “Put his hands down to the lower part of my body.”
Too incensed to report the incident, she called the manager of the Massage Envy location after she got home.
“She said in a very apparently scripted response, ‘We invite you in to talk about your services,’” Ingram claims. “And I said, ‘No, no, no you don’t understand.'”
Ingram is just one of over 180 women who filed sexual assault lawsuits, police reports or state board complaints against Massage Envy and their employees. More than 100 of these allegations contend that massage therapists groped their genitals, breasts, and/or committed other explicit sex acts.
Can I Participate in a Class Action Against Massage Envy?
Our lawyers have decided against filing a class action lawsuit over sexual assault charges alleged against Massage Envy employees. We have decided on this course of action because we feel it is in the best interest of our clients, as class action lawsuits in this type of litigation often result in blanket settlement deals in which all class members are offered a small fraction of what their case is worth in exchange for hurrying the cases through court.
That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’re a victim. Our lawyers are now filing individual lawsuits for people who were harmed by Massage Envy masseurs. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
4 New Sexual Assault Lawsuits Filed Against Massage Envy in Chicago
Nov. 30, 2017 – Lawsuits have been filed against at least 4 different Illinois Massage Envy spas, the latest in a snowball of sexual assault litigation against the company’s franchises and male massage therapists. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new suits were filed in Naperville, Elmhurst, Tinley Park and Chicago.
Do I Have a Massage Envy Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Massage Envy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual assault and harassment cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a masseuse, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.