Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the ski accident trial as her legal team prepares to call in medical experts
The trial of Gwyneth Paltrow for a 2016 ski run pileup has entered its sixth day, and a list of medical experts is due to testify for the defense.
Paltrow’s children Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, were due to comment Monday but were unable to due to a series of overruns and could now appear tomorrow, either through written statements or not at all.
The glamorous actress, 50, arrived earlier than usual just before the 8.45am hearing began, wearing her usual $278 Rayban aviator sunglasses, an olive green coat and $1,200 tan Celine boots.
Underneath, the wellness guru wore a pair of gray wide-leg cropped pants and a pink blouse.
The case that has had the US in suspense revolves around a skiing accident in 2016 that allegedly seriously injured retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, 76.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at Park City District Court in Park City on Tuesday
The actress wore her usual $278 Rayban aviator glasses, an olive drab coat and $1,200 tan Celine boots
Gwyneth Paltrow sits at the defense table with her attorneys in Park City, Utah, Tuesday, wearing a pair of gray wide-leg cropped pants and a pink blouse
Terry Sanderson took the witness stand Monday morning, where he reenacted the “blood-clotting scream” he allegedly heard just before Paltrow allegedly crashed into him
Sanderson says Paltrow ran into him while skiing a green run on Deer Valley’s Flagstaff Mountain.
Paltrow says the opposite happened: He collided with her, leaving her “sore” and angrily yelled “You drove right into my f***ing back” at the seventy-year-old.
During his testimony on Monday, Sanderson described how he was enjoying his day on the slopes before hearing a “curdling scream”.
Mimicking the sound, the father-of-three said: “Everything was great and then I heard a blood-freezing scream. Then boom! It was like someone got out of control, hit a tree and died.”
Sanderson added, “I was hit so hard in the back it felt like it was perfectly centered. Serious, serious blow. And I fly I absolutely fly. All I saw was a whole lot of snow.’
The court also heard from ski instructor Eric Christiansen, who taught Paltrow’s son Moses to ski that day.
Paltrow (in black) skis in front of and to the right of Terry Sanderson (in blue) in an animated reconstruction after she tells the court he crashed into her. Paltrow’s children Moses and Apple are seen skiing with their ski instructor, Kari Oaks
Sanderson explained, “I was hit so hard in the back it felt like it was perfectly centered. Serious, serious blow. And I fly I absolutely fly. All I saw was a whole load of snow’
He denied Sanderson’s claim that he was knocked unconscious and said he tried to help him and Paltrow – contrary to his claims of a hit-and-run accident that left him stranded on the mountaintop without assistance.
Christiansen also said he didn’t yell at Sanderson, asked the 76-year-old if he was okay and helped him put his skis back on before following his client down the Bandana run for lunch.
On Friday, the jury heard Paltrow’s account of the crash — including the fact that she initially thought she was being sexually assaulted by Sanderson.
The actress said she heard Sanderson make a “groaning sound” as they collided and initially thought she was being attacked by someone “perverted”.
She said: “He was making some weird noises that sounded like a man and he was big so I assumed he was a man.
“At first I was confused because something like this is very strange on a ski slope. A few seconds later I got very angry.
“Then a body pressed against me and made a moaning sound. I didn’t know, is this a prank or is someone doing something kinky?’
Last week, the jury heard Paltrow’s account of the crash – including initially believing she was being sexually assaulted by Sanderson
Gwyneth Paltrow’s children Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, are expected to testify in the actress’ $300,000 civil lawsuit over a 2016 skiing accident that left the Utah optometrist with a brain injury
Paltrow in a social media post the year before the accident at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort. She captioned the post: “20 years later and I still get it #justlikeridingabike”
Paltrow denied she was watching son Moses skiing at the time of the crash, but was brought down by the testimony of her son’s instructor, Kari Oaks.
Acknowledging the point, she said: “I can still watch my kids ski and get rammed right in my back by someone and that’s exactly what happened.
“My daughter was down the hill and my son was on my left, I was skiing and my eyes weren’t just on Moses.”
Earlier in the trial last week, the court heard from Sanderson’s lead attorney, Laurence Buhler, who described the actress as “callous and ruthless” in his opening statement.
Paltrow’s attorney Stephen Owens responded by describing the retiree’s claims as “full BS
Florida-based neurologist Dr. Richard Boehme also told the court that Paltrow caused the crash — and told jurors their version of events did not match the four broken ribs left by Sanderson after the February 2016 crash.
His daughters Shae Herath, 52, and Polly Grasham, 49, also spoke in court – detailing the dramatic personality changes their father allegedly suffered as a result of his head injury.
Both women came out in tears during their testimony, describing how Sanderson is now unable to perform the simplest of tasks and is easily confused.
Shae said: “My dad has some personality issues, the injury to his brain caused significant damage – enough to cause personality changes.
“My father is very insecure, he doesn’t show it, but he doesn’t trust his brain anymore. He used to be able to multitask and do all sorts of things and now he can’t get through it.
“As his daughter, I feel his life is trying.”
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