A lawsuit filed against Victoria's Secret claims the brand's popular bras are responsible for injuring customers, causing rashes, hives and even permanent scarring, ABC News reported Tuesday.
Ohio resident Roberta Ritter filed a lawsuit against the company May 14, claiming the Angels Secret Embrace and Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up bras she purchased made her sick.
"I had the welts ... very red, hot to the touch, extremely inflamed, blistery. It itched profusely," Ritter, 37, told ABC News. "I couldn't sleep, waking up itching."
Ritter's lawyers said they purchased the same bra types named in the suit and had them tested at a lab. The tests revealed that the bras contained formaldehyde, a chemical used in embalming. The lawyers believe Ritter may be allergic to formaldehyde.
A Victoria's Secret spokesperson said the company is investigating the complaints and released this statement:
"We are sorry that a small number of people have had an issue and we want to help them determine the cause. Customer safety and satisfaction are always our primary concerns and we take seriously any issues our customers may have with our products."
Ritter's lawyers told ABC News they've been contacted by dozens of other women who have experienced similar problems and hope to be part of a class action lawsuit.
The paperwork for the class action suit has been filed, but a judge won't rule as to whether the case can move forward until May of next year.