Reaction from Terry Sanderson, Gwyneth Paltrow attorney outside court after ski collision verdict

(30 Mar 2023)
Park City, Utah, 30 March 2023
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Owens, attorney for Gwyneth Paltrow:
“We’re happy with this outcome and appreciate the judge and jury’s thoughtful consideration and handling of the case. Gwyneth has always had a history of advocating for what she believes in – and this statement was no different. And she will continue to stand up for what is right.”
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Terry Sanderson, plaintiff:
(Reporter: ”Was this worth it?”)
Sanderson: ”Absolutely not. Knowing that now, I joked about dating someone. This is going to be on the Internet forever.”
(Reporter: ”You might have a reality show, Terry. This is a crazy world we live in here.”)
Sanderson: “I don’t need that.”
(Reporter: ”Terry did Gwyneth Paltrow say something to you as she left?”)
Sanderson: ”She did. Her exact words: ‘I wish you well.’ Very kind.”
(Reporter: ”That’s all she said. Did you respond?”)
Sanderson: ”I said, Thank you, dear.”
(Reporter: ”Bob, your lawyer even said, you know, she’s a excellent person, she’s a excellent mother. She’s not lying. Terry’s a excellent person. So somewhere in there, it’s just at the stop of the day, a long he said she said – there was nowhere anyone could go.”)
Sanderson: “Yeah, and of course you acquire some assumed credibility for being a famous person. You know, you – people just take it. Who wants to take on a celebrity. No wonder I hesitated. Who wants to do that? Someone who runs lines and learns how to play someone else’s part.”
(Reporter: ”do you think she was lying?”)
Sanderson: “I believe she thinks she has the truth. I believe she thinks that.”
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristin Van Orman, attorney for Terry Sanderson:
(Reporter: “What did you think about the international attention this case received?”
Van Orman: “It is absolutely overwhelming and I could not believe it.”
(Reporter: ”Because it’s a ski crash. Most of the time people acquire up after crashing.”)
”I can tell you this much. I have newfound appreciation for Miss Paltrow, if she has to deal with all of this on a daily basis. I can’t even imagine.”
Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t to blame for a 2016 collision with a retired optometrist on a beginner run at a posh Utah ski resort during a family vacation, a jury decided Thursday following a live-streamed trial that became a pop culture fixation.

A jury awarded Paltrow $1 — a symbolic amount she asked for in order to show it wasn’t about money — and delivered her the vindication she sought when she opted to take it to trial rather than settle out of court.

“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity,” Paltrow said in a statement released by her representatives. She also thanked the judge and jury for their work.

As Paltrow left court she touched Terry Sanderson’s shoulder and told him, “I wish you well,” he told reporters outside court. He responded, “Thank you dear.”

Paltrow’s attorney, Steve Owens, added in a statement he read outside court that “Gwyneth has a history of advocating for what she believes in – this situation was no different and she will continue to stand up for what is right.”

Paltrow, an actor who in recent years has refashioned herself into a celebrity wellness entrepreneur, looked to her attorneys with a pursed lips smile when the judge read the eight-member jury’s verdict in the Park City courtroom. She sat intently through two weeks of testimony in what became the biggest celebrity court case since actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off last year.


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