Victory across the board: A jury in the US state of Utah dismissed the case against Gwyneth Paltrow for causing a skiing accident. Instead of having to pay $300,000, the actress now even receives money.
The plaintiff would probably not have tried this process: actually, the retired ophthalmologist Dr. Terry Sanderson is suing Gwyneth Paltrow for $300,000. Originally he even asked for 3.3 million US dollars. The 76-year-old accused the actress of hitting her on the ski slope at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort in 2016, causing lasting health problems.
However, during the course of the trial before the grand jury in Park City, Utah, Paltrow’s lawyer was able to convey the impression that the exact opposite was actually the case. That his client didn’t crash into Sanderson, but that the pensioner crashed into the actress from behind.
Gwyneth Paltrow wins across the board
The court agreed with this view, and the jury ruled in favor of Paltrow. She had in turn filed a counterclaim and demanded a symbolic dollar in damages. She actually got it.
The Oscar winner (“Shakespeare in Love”) reacted with satisfaction to the verdict. She appreciates the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, she wrote in her Insta story and thanked them “for their care in handling this case”.
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This ended a process in which the public took an active part. The eight-day court hearing was broadcast live and could be followed worldwide. The verdict comes as no surprise given the course of the trial. The plaintiff was described as “obsessed” with the accident, while several witnesses were able to support the representation that Sanderson was the cause of the accident.
The plaintiff was nonetheless surprised by the verdict, calling it “very disappointing,” according to BBC News. After all, the two don’t seem to carry any personal animosity. As Sanderson reports to the BBC, Paltrow is said to have wished him well as he left the courtroom, after which the plaintiff thanked him.
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