Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash trial: Defence mounts

Park City, Utah –

Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorneys are expected to continue relying primarily on experts to begin her defense on Wednesday, the seventh day of a trial in which she clashed with a 76-year-old retired eye doctor for skiing in 2016.

The judge presiding over the Park City trial has said he wants Paltrow’s legal team to drop the case by Thursday afternoon to give jurors enough time to ponder and come to an agreement. clarified.

The Utah man suing Paltrow, Terry Sanderson, is seeking more than US$300,000, blaming Paltrow’s recklessness on the slopes for the crash, which left him with four broken ribs, confusion, memory loss, and nervousness. It is said that he was left with symptoms for years after his concussion. Paltrow countersued for her iconic $1 and her attorney fees, alleging Sanderson turned to her from behind.

In the second week of the trial, it is clear that both sides spared little expense to ensure a roster of expert witnesses on call in case of need. Multiple witnesses took longer than expected to testify under tight time constraints.

Paltrow’s attorneys have repeatedly asked Judge Kent Holmberg to clarify the timeline for the eight-day trial. He reversed plans to cross-examine Sanderson in order to time the witnesses.

Like Sanderson’s lawyers, Paltrow’s legal team is trying to cram all the testimony from family members, doctors and accident reconstruction experts into four days. They said on Tuesday they planned to call in four more experts to testify, but opened the door to call Paltrow or her TV producer husband, Brad Falchuk. I left it alone.

Holmberg argued by giving Sanderson’s team the same amount of time.

Last week, Paltrow took the stand and claimed the ski crash wasn’t her fault. But since Sanderson’s testimony has been extended until Monday, Paltrow’s legal team is holding the statements of her two teenage children for the record. Instead of reading aloud and summoning them to the witness stand to testify.

Over the past two days, Paltrow’s legal team has relied primarily on expert witnesses, but on Tuesday read the depositions from Paltrow’s children to the record. They tried to get the jury’s attention by playing multiple high-definition animations while witnesses all testified, including crash experts, biomedical engineers, doctors, and ski instructors.

Animation is not included as evidence in court. Still, Sanderson’s attorneys object to their inclusion, claiming Paltrow’s team used the animation to mislead jurors.

The trial inspired audiences around the world who consumed video clips circulated as memes on social media, but it also put jurors to the test.

After both sides make closing arguments on Thursday, a jury is likely to make a decision later in the day or on Friday.

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