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Owner of spa where Gwyneth Paltrow recommended a 'vaginal steam' admits she hoarded 20,000 N95 masks


EXCLUSIVE: Owner of luxury LA spa where Gwyneth Paltrow recommended a ‘vaginal steam’ admits she hoarded 20,000 N95 masks with the intention of reselling them at inflated prices

  • Niki Schwarz, 55, is the owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica where A-list actress Gwyneth Paltrow famously recommended a ‘vaginal steam’
  • She has admitted to hoarding then selling N95 masks for a huge 1,100% over list price, according to Department of Justice officials 
  • Schwarz, who was last week charged in federal court with one count of hoarding and price gouging, agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense
  • She admitted to buying up large numbers of N95 respirators in February, in anticipation of a shortage as the COVID-19 outbreak turned into a pandemic
  • From February to June, prosecutors say Schwarz hoarded a staggering 20,000 N95 masks
  • Her huge supply included 3M masks that typically cost less than $1.27 and 86-cent Alpha Pro masks – which the greedy businesswoman was selling for up to $15 each
  • In her plea deal, Schwarz – who has owned the spa for 11 years – admitted she bought the masks with the intention of reselling them at hugely inflated prices

The owner of the luxury spa where Gwyneth Paltrow famously recommended a ‘vaginal steam’ has landed in hot water with the courts.

Niki Schwarz, 55, the owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, has admitted to hoarding and then selling N95 masks for a huge 1,100% over list price, according to Department of Justice officials.

Schwarz, who was last week charged in federal court with one count of hoarding and price gouging, agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense.

The spa owner admitted to buying up large numbers of N95 respirators in February, in anticipation of a shortage as the COVID-19 outbreak turned into a global pandemic.

Niki Schwarz, 55, the owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, has admitted to hoarding and then selling N95 masks for a huge 1,100% over list price, according to Department of Justice officials. Pictured: Schwarz (far right) with Dancing with the Stars contestant and America's Next Top Model winner Nyle Di Marco (center)

Niki Schwarz, 55, the owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, has admitted to hoarding and then selling N95 masks for a huge 1,100% over list price, according to Department of Justice officials. Pictured: Schwarz (far right) with Dancing with the Stars contestant and America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle Di Marco (center)

In 2015, Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines around the world when she said she visited Tikkun Holistic Spa for a $50, 30-minute vaginal steaming treatment

In 2015, Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines around the world when she said she visited Tikkun Holistic Spa for a $50, 30-minute vaginal steaming treatment

From February to June, prosecutors say Schwarz hoarded a staggering 20,000 N95 masks.

Her huge supply included 3M masks that typically cost less than $1.27 and 86-cent Alpha Pro masks – which the greedy businesswoman was selling for up to $15 each.

In her plea deal, Schwarz – who has owned the spa for 11 years – admitted she bought the masks with the intention of reselling them at hugely inflated prices.

In March President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent hoarding and price gouging of crucial medical supplies needed to fight the deadly coronavirus.

And the federal government designated N95 respirator masks as ‘scarce materials’ as hospital staff desperately sought them out to provide a higher level of protection.

After a tip off Schwarz’s activity was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Schwarz, who was last week charged in federal court with one count of hoarding and price gouging, agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense

From February to June, prosecutors say Schwarz hoarded a staggering 20,000 N95 masks

Schwarz, who was last week charged in federal court with one count of hoarding and price gouging, agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense

The spa owner admitted to buying up large numbers of N95 respirators in February, in anticipation of a shortage as the COVID-19 outbreak turned into a global pandemic

The spa owner admitted to buying up large numbers of N95 respirators in February, in anticipation of a shortage as the COVID-19 outbreak turned into a global pandemic

Sliding Doors star Paltrow, 48, raved of how a 'V-Steam' has health benefits, which apparently include easing fatigue and boosting fertility. She wrote on her lifestyle site Goop: 'The real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al'

Sliding Doors star Paltrow, 48, raved of how a ‘V-Steam’ has health benefits, which apparently include easing fatigue and boosting fertility. She wrote on her lifestyle site Goop: ‘The real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al’

Price gouging is punishable with a maximum of one year in federal prison and Schwarz has been summoned to appear at United States District Court, likely in early November.

In 2015, Hollywood star Paltrow made headlines around the world when she said she visited Tikkun Holistic Spa for a $50, 30-minute vaginal steaming treatment.

Sliding Doors star Paltrow, 48, raved of how a ‘V-Steam’ has health benefits, which apparently include easing fatigue and boosting fertility.

She wrote on her lifestyle site Goop: ‘The real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.’

The A-list celebrity endorsement sent the spa’s popularity soaring and it has since become a mecca for the well-heeled and Hollywood stars.

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