Fears loom that sexual assault cases involving Massage Envy will remain private

KTVU Fox 2

December 21, 2018

By: Brooks Jarosz

A national massage chain sued for hundreds of alleged sexual assaults by therapists is now being accused of trying to cover things up and prevent cases from being made public.

Massage Envy is facing lawsuits in a handful of states, including California, where the number of women who claim to have been sexually assaulted tops 50 and the case continues to expand.

“This stuff is still happening within the company even though there are all these lawsuits against them,” attorney Bobby Thompson said.

There are fears new cases, or even existing ones, may never become public because buried in the terms and conditions is an arbitration clause that explains customers must agree to take up problems or concerns with a mediator. It’s a way to keep cases out of court and under wraps.

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