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$25 million lawsuit filed in Massage Envy sexual assault case

$25 million lawsuit filed in Massage Envy sexual assault case (ABC7)

Massage Envy is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, which accuses the company of covering up suspected sex assaults.

The sexual assault allegations are against 27-year-old Massage Therapist Habtamu Gebreselassie.

“He don't do it. 100 percent, I'm sure,” the suspect’s brother told ABC7 News Wednesday through an apartment door in Maryland. “I know everything, but this is wrong. The people, they want only money.”

ABC7 also spoke to the accuser’s attorney.

“Obviously [the accuser] is quite distraught,” said Kim Brooks-Rodney who is with the Cohen and Cohen Law Firm. “She is hurt. She is in fear of what she may have contracted.”

“It is imperative that the company, in all approximately 1,200 locations, implement proper screening, training, and supervision of its employees and contractors," Wayne Cohen, one of her lawyers, said in the statement.

Brooks-Rodney said Massage Envy workers knew the suspect had already been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Maryland. The accuser’s attorneys believe the workers only transferred Gebreselassie to a location on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington.

Brooks-Rodney said the suspect was accused by two women at that location in D.C.—one is her client.

“You do not retain a therapist after that kind of charge and send him somewhere else were he can possibly assault someone else,” said Brooks-Rodney.

The suspect’s brother said Gebreselassie is married, religious and never had a problem at work.

He also believes his brother will win in court.

“We can fight these things,” the suspect’s brother said.

Massage Envy declined our request for a comment.


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