New York Man Sues His Gym After Steam Room Encounter


Sauna Steam Room

A man has sued a New York gym after he claims he saw three men masturbating in the steam room, and management allegedly took no action on his complaint.

The alleged victim, referred to in court papers as GB, told the New York Post he was at the Equinox gym in Manhattan in November, relaxing in the sauna at the time.

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“I’m relaxing, I’m sitting in the corner, it’s very meditative,” he said.

“The steam clears, and I look across from me. This gentleman, sitting pretty close, his towel is open, his legs are spread and he’s looking right at me.

“The guy next to him was rubbing [the man’s] inner thigh. He’s looking right at me, his towel’s off and he’s masturbating.”

The man, who the newspaper says is a straight, single father, then noticed a third man was also staring at him while masturbating.

Worried he was going to be sexually assaulted, the man said he quickly left and told gym staff, but claims they didn’t take any action.

The newspaper reported a manager told the man that sexual activity in steam rooms “is something that every gym in New York City, not just Equinox, has an issue with.”

He also alleges Equinox “had known for as much as 10 years prior that similar wrongful acts were occurring in its steam showers.”

The plaintiff’s lawyer said the gym failed to revoke the offending men’s memberships.

An Equinox said it thoroughly investigates all complaints, including GB’s, and has a “zero tolerance policy for any inappropriate behavior in our clubs.”