Houston-Area Massage Envy Pays $1 Million Policy Limit Settlement to Sexual Assault Victims

Blizzard Greenberg attorneys secure maximum settlement on behalf of women

HOUSTON – A Houston-area Massage Envy has agreed to pay their maximum insurance policy limit of $1 million to two women who filed a lawsuit saying they were sexually assaulted by a male massage therapist during their appointments.

Blizzard Greenberg attorneys represented the women, identified as T.G and M.D., in the lawsuit against a Massage Envy franchise in Conroe. The lawsuit includes disturbing details describing the assaults against both women during their appointments.

To view a copy of the lawsuit, click here. Warning: graphic details of sexual assault. 

Following reports of the assaults, the Conroe Police Department arrested Jose Barajas Franco and charged him with felony sexual assault. He has since bonded out of jail and the criminal case is ongoing.

The lawsuit accuses Mr. Franco of grabbing T.G.’s hands and sexually assaulting her towards the end of her appointment. Terrified, she remained frozen on the massage table until the assault ended. T.G. was later diagnosed with an incurable, lifelong sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of the attack.

The victim’s report to police led to the discovery of other women who had similar complaints, including M.D. She accused Mr. Franco of inappropriately touching her in multiple areas and failing to properly use draping throughout the session, making her feel vulnerable and exposed.

During his deposition in the legal case, Massage Envy franchise owner Mack Miller claimed, “male therapists have been targets of an extraordinarily disproportionate number of lawsuits” in the industry.

“The franchise owner attempted to downplay the allegations, and we did not stand for it,” said trial lawyer Anna Greenberg. “These women, with no knowledge of the other’s allegations, separately reported the assaults by this therapist within just a few weeks of each other. That is no coincidence; that is evidence of a predator at work.”

The case is T.G. and M.D. v Massage Envy and Jose Barajas Franco et al., cause number 2022-59001 in Harris County District Court.

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