Gwyneth Paltrow thanked the jurors who said she wasn’t to blame for a ski accident in 2016 at a lodge in the US state of Utah. Terry Sanderson, 76, a retired optometrist, said that Ms. Paltrow hit him and gave him injuries that would change his life.
Mr. Sanderson, who wanted $300,000 (£245,000) in damages, said Thursday’s decision was “very disappointing.” The jury agreed with Ms. Paltrow, who said that Mr. Sanderson was to blame for the accident and sued him for $1 plus legal fees.
Ms. Paltrow listened to the decision in court without showing any emotion. She looked straight ahead and seemed to nod her head slightly. She then got up and left.
As she was leaving, she stopped briefly to talk to Mr. Sanderson. He told him that she had told him, “I hope you do well.” He said, “Thank you, sweetheart.”
In a statement shared as an Instagram story to her 8.3 million followers, the Oscar winner said: “I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity.”
She said she was happy with how things turned out and thanked the judge and the eight-person jury for “their care in handling this case.”
After three hours of deliberation, the jurors all agreed that Mr. Sanderson was completely to blame for the incident and gave Ms. Paltrow the extended amount she had asked for.
Her lawyer, Steve Owens, told reporters outside that Ms. Paltrow “has a history of standing up for what she believes in.”
“This situation was no different and she will continue to stand up for what is right,” he said.
After the trial, Mr. Sanderson said that he was the one who was hit on the hill and that Ms. Paltrow’s fame may have helped her in court.
“You get some assumed credibility from being a famous person,” he said. “Really, who wants to take on a celebrity?”
During the two-week hearing, dozens of witnesses gave stories that were at odds with each other about who hit whom.
Mr. Sanderson said
In Mr Sanderson’s telling, the actress slammed into him on a beginners’ slope at Deer Valley Resort in Park City. Ms Paltrow then skied away while he remained unconscious in the snow with broken ribs
He said that the accident gave him brain damage that changed the rest of his life. On the stand, the actor from “Shakespeare in Love” and “Iron Man” gave a different story. She said Mr. Sanderson skied right into her back as she and her two kids descended the slope.
“I thought, ‘Is this a practical joke? Is someone doing something perverted? This is really, really strange,'” she said in her testimony.
Mr Sanderson was conscious when she skied away, Paltrow said, and even apologised to her.
Paltrow’s lawyers tried to disprove Sanderson’s claim that the crash had ruined his health by pointing out that he had traveled to South America, Europe, and Morocco after the accident.
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They also said that Mr. Sanderson was trying to take advantage of their client’s fame by asking about an email he sent to his daughters right after the accident in which he said, “I’m famous.”
Both sides in the case said they were going downhill and therefore had the right of way.
But there were also a few fun times when lawyers asked Ms. Paltrow about her height, style, and how close she was to singer Taylor Swift.
There was also a tiny fight in court over whether Ms. Paltrow could give the court security staff a “gift.” In the end, the judge said no. Later, one of Ms. Paltrow’s security guards told BBC News she wanted to buy them lunch.
In another conversation, one of Mr. Sanderson’s lawyers, Kristan VanOrman, told Ms. Paltrow she was jealous of her height when she was cross-examined.
When asked by reporters about how she felt during the trial, the lawyer said, “I wasn’t starstruck.” She said, “I have a whole new respect for Ms. Paltrow if she has to deal with all this [media attention] daily.”
At first, Mr. Sanderson tried to sue Ms. Paltrow for $3.1 million, but the case was thrown out.
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