Massage Envy locations accused of sexual assaultPosted: Updated:
A popular massage parlor chain with locations in the Hudson Valley is now facing nearly 200 lawsuits from women who claim they were sexually assaulted by spa employees.
There have been 180 women nationwide who have accused Massage Envy employees of sexual assault, but none of those claims have been for any of the eight spas located in Hudson Valley.
The lawsuits claim spa employees groped and penetrated massage customers and that the company ignored or mishandled the allegations. Buzzfeed first reported the sex assault allegations.
Some customers of the Massage Envy location in Scarsdale told News 12 they have mixed reactions as to whether or not to still go inside. "I keep my eyes open. It's not going to change anything. I feel comfortable here and I don’t see any issues here at all," said Tracie Sundack, of Scarsdale. "Anyone that has a reputation like that I wouldn't go near. I'm a Christian. I'm firm in my faith. I wouldn't put my money in an outfit that does things of that nature," said Robert Marrin, of Bronxville.
Massage Envy's corporate offices call the incidents heartbreaking and say they never stop looking for ways to help their franchisees provide a safe environment for their customers.