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Massage Envy facing assault allegations

Report: At least 180 file suits

Numerous lawsuits against Massage Envy are being filed as a Buzzfeed investigation revealed 180 allegations of sexual assault.
Numerous lawsuits against Massage Envy are being filed as a Buzzfeed investigation revealed 180 allegations of sexual assault. (iStock / zimmytws)

Massage franchise Massage Envy, which counts more than 1.6 million members and 1,170 locations across the country, is facing allegations that 180 women were sexually assaulted at some of its spas, reported Buzzfeed News. 

According to an ABC News report, one woman is suing after she said she was assaulted in 2015 at a Massage Envy in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The therapist she claimed assaulted her is now in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting nine women while employed by Massage Envy, the ABC News story said. 

ABC News also reported that another woman is suing for more than $2 million after she says a massage therapist grabbed her head and put his hands over her mouth and assaulted her.

Buzzfeed reported that Massage Envy claimed in court documents that it isn't liable for sexual assaults that happen at its franchised locations.

In a statement released to ABC, Massage Envy said it was "heartbroken" over every incident and that one incident is too many.