CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A woman from Charlotte said she went for a massage, but the experience left her stunned and scared. She claims that a therapist inappropriately touched her several times.
The woman did not want to be identified, but told Allison Latos on Channel 9 what she claims to have happened inside Zen Massage on East Boulevard in May.
“I felt helpless at the time,” she said.
During her session, she claims therapist Michael Cuthbertson touched her genital area several times.
“Don’t talk, don’t move, don’t breathe, I said to myself over and over and froze,” the woman said. “This third time, I was like, ‘This is not a mistake.’ I thought to myself: ‘He’s very professional, he knows what he’s doing.’ “
She claims out of fear that she did not speak and admits that she tipped him, but then went to the police and the magistrate, pursuing a misdemeanor charge of sexual violence against Cuthbertson.
Latos went to Zen Massage on Friday, but the owner declined to comment.
Cuthbertson spoke to Latos by phone to defend his reputation, but decided on Friday that he didn’t want the interview to air.
Channel 9 has discovered that Cuthbertson has been licensed in North Carolina since 2010, but his future status will be the subject of a hearing this month.
The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy sent Cuthbertson a proposed consent order revoking his license and paying a fine of $ 1,000.
Channel 9 will let you know what happens after its October 21 audition.
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