In the civil action involving Gwyneth Paltrow and Terry Sanderson over a skiing accident that occurred seven years ago, the jury rendered a decision.
The jury in Park City, Utah, reached its verdict on Thursday after less than three hours of deliberations, finding that Paltrow, 50, was not at fault and that retired optometrist Sanderson, 76, was entirely to blame and that it hurt the actress. The jury gave her a $1 prize.
The jury was tasked with determining who was the downhill skier, who crashed into whom, and what Paltrow and Sanderson did before and after the incident on February 26, 2016, over the course of the two-week trial.
In a statement received by PEOPLE, Paltrow adds, “I am delighted with the verdict and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and I thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case.” Paltrow felt that consenting to a false claim endangered her integrity.
Gwyneth has a history of standing up for what she believes in; this instance was no different; and she will continue to fight for what is right, says her attorney Stephen Owens, who also expresses satisfaction with the jury’s decision and gratitude for the judge and jury’s considerate handling of the case.
Attorney for Sanderson C. In a statement, Peter Sorensen stated, “We are disappointed with the result, but we love and support the legal process. We thank Judge Holmberg, the jury, and the staff for all their efforts. We will spend the coming days reviewing and talking about where we go from here.”
After the verdict was read, Paltrow leaned into Sanderson as they were leaving the courtroom and whispered for a moment. She said, “I wish you well,” and he answered, “Thank you, sweetheart,” according to Sanderson, who told Extra that it was “extremely lovely of her.”
Paltrow was initially sued by Sanderson in 2019. He initially sued for more than $3.1 million in damages, but Judge Kent rejected it. That sum was reduced by R. Holmberg to $300,000 prior to the trial’s March 21 opening. Paltrow, on the other hand, countersued for $1 plus legal costs.
“The easiest way for my client would have been to send a check and be done with it,” Owens said during closing arguments earlier on Thursday. “But what does that tell her kids? “Cost of doing business?” No. It’s wrong. It’s genuinely wrong that he mistreated her, and that’s why we’re here.”
A number of medical professionals and Sanderson’s family members testified about the injuries he sustained, his medical history, and his demeanor both before and after the encounter with Paltrow, and the jury heard their testimony before reaching a verdict.
Along with witnesses like Craig Ramon and ski instructor Eric Christiansen from Deer Valley Resort, who were on the mountain that day with Paltrow and Sanderson, the jury also heard testimony from experts who looked into the crash.
During the trial, Paltrow and Sanderson both gave testimony, and they each offered a different account of the collision.
When Paltrow took the stand, she said she felt “very sorry” for Sanderson: “I did not cause the accident, so I cannot be at fault for anything that subsequently happened to him.” Sanderson testified, “I realized, after a period of time, that no one believed how serious my injuries were.”
Initially, Paltrow’s defense team intended for her husband Brad Falchuk, as well as her two kids, Moses, 16, and Apple, 18, to testify in court. The defense decided to have Apple and Moses’ depositions read aloud for the court instead due to scheduling conflicts. Falchuk, 52, made absolutely no testimony at the trial.
Although her children claimed they were not present when the crash occurred, Moses claimed to have overheard Paltrow “yelling at” Sanderson after the accident.
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Gwyneth Paltrow was found not at fault in the civil action involving a skiing accident with Terry Sanderson, with the jury assigning full blame to Sanderson and awarding Paltrow a symbolic $1 prize. Paltrow’s attorney praised her for standing up for what she believes in, while Sanderson’s attorney expressed disappointment but support for the legal process.
Both Paltrow and Sanderson offered different accounts of the collision during the trial, with the jury hearing testimony from witnesses and medical professionals before reaching a verdict.
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