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IL attorney general to investigate Massage Envy policies after sex misconduct suits

IL attorney general to investigate Massage Envy policies after sex misconduct suits”

A massage chain with stores in IL is now facing legal trouble.

It seems the company has a reputation, for this behavior.

Following reports of almost 200 lawsuits filed across the country by women who said they were groped or sexually assaulted by their massage therapists, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has subpoenaed Massage Envy as part of an investigation into whether the company properly handled the allegations.

"As I was lying down on the massage table, I felt him press his aroused genitalia into the back of my head", said Beth Ernst, who's lawsuit against the Streeterville Massage Envy location has been settled.

An attorney for LCG Massage, owner of the Tinley Park Massage Envy franchise, denied the allegations of sexual touching, according to court documents.

After an assault in May 2015, a Glen Mills woman called the center in tears to report that Deiter had touched her breasts and put his fingers in her vagina.

Deiter was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and six counts of indecent assault and sentenced to 6½ to 13 years in prison.

The nationwide Massage Envy groping accusations continue to spark more backlash.

Officials at Massage Envy could not immediately be reached for comment on the subpoenas.

Her lawyer argued the request was an "invasion of privacy meant to annoy, embarrass and oppress a victim of sexual assault".

The judge sided with the lawyers and the victim had to turn over her Facebook information to Massage Envy.

Massage therapists have to be licensed and vetted by a state agency.

"Plaintiff was negligent and that negligence directly and proximately caused or contributed to the injuries", attorneys with Bunnell & Woulfe in Fort Lauderdale wrote in court filings.

Read a statement from Massage Envy's CEO here. Massage Envy says "such conduct is impermissible and will not be tolerated", adding it has tried to create "stringent, rigorous policies" for hiring and training masseuses. Massage Envy told CBS News their therapists have done 125 million massages over the past 15 years. Still, it said even one incident is too many, CBS News' Meg Oliver reported.

Getting a new legal team might be a good start.



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