Gwyneth Paltrow bristled on the witness stand during her Utah trial over a skiing accident, but after she had prevailed, she had a lovely message for the guy who had sued her.
The New York Post reported on Thursday that a jury believed Paltrow’s allegation that Dr. Terry Sanderson hit her in a 2016 mishap on the beginning slopes at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.
Sanderson had sued for $300,000. The actress filed a $1 counterclaim.
Paltrow listened to the judgement with a serious expression that gave up little. The jury determined that Sanderson was solely responsible for the crash.
The procedure for the conclusion of the trial stipulated that the litigants would depart first. Paltrow left the party first.
When she crossed the courtroom, she bent over and touched Sanderson on the back as she neared him.
The Post understood the message to be “I wish you well”.
It was stated that Sanderson’s response was “Thank you, dear.”
According to Extra, he acknowledged this and stated it was “extremely sweet of her.”
Sanderson stated that he was “very disappointed” with the judgment.
When asked if he believed Paltrow’s assertion that Sanderson was at blame for the accident, he responded, “I believe she thinks she has the truth … but I absolutely know I said I would not bring any falsehoods.”
The retired optometrist said the case should have been decided on “the facts of the accident because, as I said, I brought absolutely the truth to the accident. There was no reason to wander from that and it still won’t, and I brought it for that reason.”
Sanderson stated that a legal duel with Paltrow would be an uphill struggle.
“You get some assumed credibility from being a famous person … Who wants to take on a celebrity?” he said. “No wonder I hesitated. It’s difficult. Who wants to do that someone who learns lines, learns how to play someone else’s part and be believable, be credible, wins awards? Who wants to go on that path?”
Paltrow and her staff responded differently.
“We’re pleased with the outcome and appreciate the judge and jury’s consideration,” Paltrow’s attorney, Steven Owens, told reporters after the trial, according to the Post.
“Gwyneth has a history of standing up for what’s right and this situation is no different. She will continue to stand up for what’s right,” he said.
Paltrow’s agent issued a comment on the trial.
“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity. I am pleased with the outcome and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case,” the statement said, referring to Judge Kent Holmberg, who heard the case.
Although social media criticized Paltrow for her court dress, Cynthia Augello, a partner at Warren Law Group, told Fox News that the actress made the perfect impression.
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“A litigant’s choice of clothing in court can unconsciously convey significant information about them, whether it is accurate or not,” Augello said. “Ms. Paltrow’s overall demeanor and unique aura leave an indelible impression on both the judge and the jury, and while her visage should not influence the outcome of the case, it undoubtedly plays a role in shaping perceptions.”
While Paltrow’s clothing was expensive, Augello stated that was to be anticipated.
“If Ms. Paltrow were to dress down, it could create an impression of attempting to deceive the jury, which is generally not well-received,” she said. “By appearing approachable and relatable, she doesn’t give the impression that she thinks of herself as more important than the jury.”