Oregon State House candidate sues massage parlor after alleged trial and error


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A candidate for Oregon state legislature is suing a massage parlor and its owner, over a massage that allegedly included groping on his genitals.

Democrat Anthony Medina, who is the current chairman of the Woodburn School Board, is seeking $450,000 in damages from Woodburn Spa and owner Fuxiu Zhen.

“The plaintiff immediately told the masseuse that he did not want to be touched in this way,” the complaint states, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). “The masseuse then briefly massaged the plaintiff’s feet for 10 seconds and then ended the massage at around 20 minutes during which Medina [promptly] left.”

Medina’s allegations include assault and battery for unwanted touching, as well as allegations of “human trafficking, indentured servitude, prostitution and other criminal activities,” according to the Oregon Capital Chronicle, in addition to hiring by negligence of unlicensed massage therapists and not properly training employees regarding illegal touching. The complaint also states that neither Zhen nor a second masseuse has a massage therapist license in the state of Oregon, although Zhen is reportedly licensed in California.

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Zhen is also listed as the owner of Portland’s Iris Massage and Angels Touch Massage in Eugene, Oregon, and Medina’s lawsuit lists the two as defendants.

In a report to Woodburn police, Medina allegedly claimed he visited the Woodburn Spa in February when he was unable to get an appointment with his chiropractor. He claimed that the massage table looked like a bed and that he was given a towel instead of a sheet to cover himself with.

After the incident, he went home and told his wife, then called the police. He later spoke to the Capital Chronicle, saying the experience evoked past trauma from his childhood.

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“I was sexually assaulted when I was 10, and during that experience with the masseuse, I froze and went back to being that 10-year-old,” he told The Point. sale. “Unfortunately, I had to relive that trauma all over again.”

He added that incidents like this “can be difficult things to talk about, but we all have a responsibility to act, whether you are a victim or are aware of any possibility that human trafficking and exploitation human beings occur in our community”.

Following Medina’s report, Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson claimed he had a similar experience at the same facility.

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Records show Medina filed the lawsuit Thursday in Marion County Circuit Court, but they had yet to show that any documents had been served on the defendants. The lawsuit comes about a month after Medina reported the incident to local police. Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson chose not to press charges against the spa or masseuse, the Capital Chronicle reported.

“They are acting with impunity,” Medina lawyer Sean Riddell told the OPB. “My client’s desire is to close these businesses.”


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