Gwyneth Paltrow leaves court in Park City, Utah on March 30. Photo credit: Kristin Murphy
Gwyneth Paltrow The jury decided on Thursday that the movie star was not at fault for the accident.
A jury dismissed a complaint from Terry Sanderson, a retired optometrist who sued Paltrow for injuries suffered when the two crashed in an early race at the Deer Valley ski resort, during eight days of live-streamed court. Room testimony was followed by siding with Paltrow, which made the matter a serious one. Pop culture fixation.
Paltrow said in a statement released by her representatives, “I felt that my integrity was compromised by admitting to a false claim.” He also thanked the judge and jury for their work.
Paltrow touched Sanderson’s shoulder as she left the court and said, “I wish you good health,” she told reporters outside court. He replied, “Thank you dear.” Her attorney, Steve Owens, said in a statement that he read outside court that “Gwyneth has a history of advocating for what she believes in – this situation was no different and she will continue to stand up for what is right.”
Paltrow, an actor who in recent years has reinvented herself as a celebrity wellness entrepreneur, looked at her attorneys with a coy smile as the judge read the verdict to the eight-member jury in the Park City courtroom. She sat attentively through two weeks of testimony since actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off last year in what became the biggest celebrity court case ever.
The attorney fees Paltrow sought in her countersuit were not included in the jury’s decision, leaving the bulk of the final award up to a Park City judge to decide.
The dismissal concludes two weeks of court proceedings that have hinged largely on reputation rather than monetary damages at stake in the case. Paltrow’s lawyers described the complaint against her as “complete BS” and called the Goop founder-CEO uniquely vulnerable to unfair, frivolous lawsuits because of her celebrity.
During the trial Paltrow took the witness stand and insisted that the collision was not her fault, and went on to describe when she felt “a body pressing against me and a very strange crackling sound”. How stunned she was.” Throughout the trial, the word “uphill” became synonymous with “guilty”, as lawyers focused largely on the then-unknown skiing code of conduct, which determines whether a skier who is ahead downhill or downhill has right of way. Has the right to.
Viewers around the world follow the celebrity trial as if it were episodic television. Viewers scrutinized the motives of both Paltrow and Sanderson, while attorneys asked witnesses questions that often had less to do with the collision and more to do with their client’s reputation.
The test took place in Park City, a resort town known for hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival, where Paltrow used to appear for premieres of her films early in her career, including the 1998 film. sliding doors, at a time when she was primarily known as an actor, not a lifestyle influencer. Paltrow is also known for her roles in Shakespeare in Love And this iron Man Movies.
The jury’s verdict marks a painful court defeat for Sanderson, who sued Paltrow for more than US$300,000 after they crashed on the opening run. Both sides blamed each other for the collision. Sanderson, 76, broke four ribs and suffered injuries after both fell down a slope and Paltrow came over him.
They filed an amended complaint after an earlier lawsuit for US$3.1 million was dismissed. Paltrow responded by asking for US$1 plus attorney fees, a symbolic action that mirrored Taylor Swift’s response to a radio host’s defamation lawsuit. Swift was awarded USD 1 in 2017.
Paltrow’s defense team presented Sanderson as an angry, aging and unsympathetic figure who had become “obsessed” with his lawsuit against Paltrow over the years. He argued that the accident was not Paltrow’s fault and also said, regardless of culpability, that Sanderson was exaggerating the extent of her injuries.