Uh oh! Looks like the largest massage chain has some of the biggest lawsuits on their hands.
A plethora of woman have accused Massage Envy of sexual assault and not following up with their claims, according to BuzzFeed News.
The site recently reported that over 180 women have filed police reports and lawsuits against the franchise.
According to the victims, their massage therapists groped them and other forms of sexual abuse.
Massage Envy claims in court documents that it is not liable for sexual assaults at its franchised spas.
In a statement to ABC News, Massage Envy said that each incident was “heartbreaking” for them.
The company so released a statement to the Washington Post in regards to the alleged claims.
“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,” Massage Envy said in a statement.
“That’s why we will never stop reinforcing to our franchisees the importance of a safe environment,” the statement continued. “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.”
One of the victims, Susan Ingram, told a local news station about her terrifying experience.
Ingram is currently fighting for change by advocating for a bill that would require owners and employees of massage spas to report alleged claims to the police. A version of the bill is currently in front of Congress, if passes violators could be sentenced to prison for up to 6 months.