A Brooklyn woman has filed suit in opposition to at-home therapeutic massage app Soothe, claiming she was raped by one among their masseurs — who had beforehand sexually assaulted one other buyer, in response to court docket paperwork.
The woman, who’s going by “Jane Doe,” says her husband ordered the therapeutic massage for her on Valentine’s day as a result of he was out of city — however the romantic reward quickly became a nightmare, in response to her Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit filed Monday.
The masseur – who went by the faux title “Hernando Giraldo” – arrived to her Brooklyn home and “sexually assaulted and raped her before fleeing,” the suit alleges.
Giraldo “was a sexual predator and had been previously arrested for sexually assaulting another female Soothe customer,” in response to the lawsuit.
He’s nonetheless at giant, the submitting states.
The sufferer claims that Soothe, a wellness app that additionally permits clients to get different providers like facials and hair cuts at home, was negligent in hiring Giraldo, in response to her suit.
Soothe enlists outdoors company Evident ID, Inc. to conduct background checks on its staff.
The woman is suing each Soothe and Evident claiming they failed to hold out the right background test and legal monitoring of Giraldo and negligently allowed him to rape her.
She is suing for unspecified damages.
“While Soothe, Inc. tells its customers that it conducts background checks and ongoing criminal monitoring on all Soothe massage therapists, it sent a sexual predator with a documented history of sexually assaulting a woman to Doe’s home where he raped her,” legal professional Nathan Werksman, who reps the woman, mentioned in a press release.
“With this lawsuit, Doe hopes to recover from the unbelievable trauma of being raped in her own home and to protect others from suffering a similar fate.”
Soothe and Evident didn’t instantly return a request for remark.