Months after the highly-publicized legal battle between actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, another Hollywood celebrity’s trial is currently making headlines. The case involves a 2016 skiing accident where both parties, Gwyneth Paltrow and 76-year-old Terry Sanderson, claim the other is responsible for the crash. The trial has already seen a series of emotional testimonies and contradictory statements.
Mr. Sanderson is suing Ms. Paltrow for $300,000, alleging that the crash caused him lasting brain injury and four fractured ribs. In response, Ms. Paltrow is counter-suing Mr. Sanderson for a “symbolic” amount of $1, along with the payment of attorney fees, which could potentially run into thousands of dollars. During her court appearance, Ms. Paltrow was questioned about her relationship with Taylor Swift and whether the damages she was seeking were inspired by a 2017 sexual assault case where Ms. Swift sought $1 in damages.
When asked if the damages she was seeking were symbolic, Ms. Paltrow acknowledged that they were. She explained that the damages would actually be more and accused Mr. Sanderson of attempting to exploit her celebrity and wealth with his lawsuit.
On the second day of the trial, a camera placed in front of Ms. Paltrow and her lawyer was deemed to be in violation of court decorum. The judge issued a warning to the reporter and threatened to have them removed if such a violation occurred again.
Ms. Paltrow testified that she initially thought she was being sexually assaulted during the incident and described the fall as feeling like “spooning.” Mr. Sanderson and his attorneys presented an alternative narrative, claiming that Ms. Paltrow had “skied out of control.” Ms. Paltrow denied any “risky behavior” during the ski run and emphasized that she was familiar with the slope.
During the trial, an eyewitness with a conflicting account of the crash was brought in. Ms. Paltrow challenged the accuracy of the witness’s testimony and maintained that she was the one who had been hit.
In a heart-wrenching testimony, Mr. Sanderson’s daughter claimed that the accident had caused a significant change in her father’s personality. She cited an incident where he belittled his granddaughter while she was trying to close a car door.
In addition to the varying testimonies and heated exchanges, Ms. Paltrow’s courtroom attire has been the focus of attention. Her outfits, which feature pieces from her own brand, have captured the media’s attention. A blue leather notebook, priced at $250, that Ms. Paltrow used to hide her face from cameras also made headlines.
The trial is set to resume on Monday, with Mr. Sanderson expected to testify. Ms. Paltrow’s legal team is also planning to bring in medical experts, ski instructors, and her two children, Moses (16) and Apple (18), as witnesses.