You could not make this stuff up. In January, reports had surfaced that Gwyneth Paltrow‘s vagina-scented candle had exploded in someone’s home – how ironic. And according to a new lawsuit, it wasn’t the only case of an eruption with a Texas resident suing Goop for damages of $5 million USD.
In court documents obtained by E! News, Colby Watson alleges that Goop and Heretic’s “This Smells Like My Vagina” candles “explode or suffer catastrophic failure during the candle’s normal usage because of a design defect and/or manufacturing flaw.” It is reportedly as class action complaint on behalf of the plaintiff in addition to a number of other customers of the candle.
The plaintiff says the candle was burning for less than three hours before it allegedly “became engulfed in high flames.” The plaintiff then discovered the candle had exploded and that the room in his home where the candle was located was filled with smoke.”
The candles remains for sale on both Goop and Heretic. A statement from Goop fiercely defends the product:
“We’re confident this claim is frivolous and an attempt to secure an outsized payout from a press-heavy product. We stand behind the brands we carry and the safety of the products we sell. Here, Heretic—the brand that supplies the candle—has substantiated the product’s performance and safety through industry standard testing.”
The candle defect follows a similar report in January from a UK woman, Jody Thompson, whose candle “exploded and emitted huge flames, with bits flying everywhere.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it. The whole thing was ablaze and it was too hot to touch. There was an inferno in the room,” she said.
A jury trial has been demanded in the court documents. Will the wellness empire of Goop take a tumble? Stay tuned for further developments.