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Plaintiffs allege professional negligence, invasion of privacy against estate of James Monje-Lara

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of six anonymous plaintiffs against the business and estate of a former Troutdale massage therapist who allegedly assaulted and injured his clients.

The lawsuit, seeking a jury trial, includes six plaintiffs whose identities were protected via pseudonyms against Affinity Wellness Massage LLC and InTRUSTment Northwest, Inc., which represents the estate of James Monje-Lara, who committed suicide on Nov. 16, 2020.

All six plaintiffs received massages from Monje-Lara at Affinity Wellness in the fall of 2020, and they each seek $500,000.

The lawsuit lists injuries, both physical and emotional, suffered by the plaintiffs after Monje-Lara allegedly used improper draping techniques, inappropriate language, painful massage techniques that left injuries, and unwanted sexual contact.

The allegations of physical injuries include painful chiropractic adjustments to the lower spine without proper training or consent; chiropractic adjustments to the wrist without training or consent; excessive pressure on muscles; and manipulations of a victim's leg despite a knee replacement surgery and multiple requests to stop.

The lawsuit claims Monje-Lara created visual recordings of the plaintiffs in states of nudity without their consent, allegedly rubbed his genitals on several plaintiffs' feet in a sexual manner, and massaged intimate areas without consent.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Vogt & Long PC, Dumas & Vaughn, LLC, and Eblen Freed PC.

While Oregon does not allow lawsuits against dead people, it does allow lawsuits against their estate.


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