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Melvyn King, formerly of Massage Envy Aventura, Faces Sexual Misconduct Complaint

On July 22, 2021 the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy filed an Administrative Complaint seeking to discipline massage therapist Melvyn King for his alleged sexual assault of a female client.  According to the Complaint, the incident occurred on July 17, 2019 when Melvyn King was employed at Massage Envy Aventura, located at 20633 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180.   The Complaint alleges that Melvyn King impermissibly rubbed his clothed penis against his client’s arms during the massage appointment.

Florida law prohibits all sexual activity by any person employed in a massage establishment and says that no licensed massage therapist shall use the therapist-client relationship to engage in sexual activity.  The Board of Masstriction of practice, imposition of an administrative fine, issuance of a reprimand, placement of King on probation, corrective action, remedial education and/or any other relief that the Board deems appropriate.  Melvyn King has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since  December 2006.  King has also been self-employed as a massage therapist at Mel’s Mobile Massage.

Often times due to shock and fear of the sexual contact, a massage client will go into an involuntary “freeze response” to cope with the trauma of the assault.  This is a completely normal physiological response because the sexual contact is unexpected, shocking, and the brain was previously attempting to go into a state of relaxation.  Due to the “freeze response”, a client sexually assaulted in the massage setting often fails to immediately scream for help or otherwise report an assault. Sometimes victims of sexual assault experience guilt or shame if they did not immediately stop the sexual contact or report it right away. The “freeze response” is a completely normal trauma response and the victims should not feel shame or guilt. It is never too late to report a massage therapist for sexual assault.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage at Massage Envy, Massage Luxe, Hand & Stone, Essential Massage or any other location offering a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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MASSAGE ENVY IN AVENTURA TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against the the Massage Envy franchise in Aventura, Florida arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Melvyn King during an appointment at Massage Envy on July 17, 2019.  This Massage Envy franchise is located at  20633 Biscayne Blvd. in Aventura, Florida.

According to the lawsuit, during the massage appointment, Melyn King leaned over his female client and rubbed his crotch onto her upper and lower arm, pressing his erect penis against her. The client reportedly tried to move her arm out of the way to avoid this contact, which was unexpected, shocking and uncomfortable.  The lawsuit says that King continued to lean over and rub his lower torso and groin area against the client’s arm and she could feel something hard against her arm.  King allegedly started breathing heavy near her, which made her extremely uncomfortable and desperate to end the massage.  At that time, the client told told King that she had to use the restroom so he would leave and allow her to get dressed.

All massage therapist in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

Our law firm represents Massage Envy clients who have been subjected to sexual misconduct during a massage. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any Massage Envy location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com