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Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorney apologizes for testifying for being “an ass”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorney apologized Thursday for being the “ass” of a witness during the civil trial of the star’s skiing collision.

Attorney Stephen Owens admitted he may have crossed the mark while questioning Polly Sanderson Grasham — the daughter of Terry Sanderson, the retired ophthalmologist who sued the Hollywood star and CEO of Goop.

He said, “I want to apologize for being an ass earlier.” “It was wrong of me to make you, your father, your sister, and your mother third. I ask for your forgiveness.”

Mr. Owens had asked the witness about her sister’s allegations that her father was abusive and false.

Sanderson, 76, has accused the actor of crashing into him on a ski slope at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, in February 2016, leaving him with “a permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement.”

Meanwhile, Paltrow claims that it was Mr. Sanderson who bumped into her – and that he then told his daughter he was “famous”.

Sanderson is seeking $300,000 from Paltrow, while she is seeking $1 in damages and to cover her legal fees.

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Terry Sanderson was ‘fun-loving and socialite’ before accident, daughter tells jury

Ms Sanderson Grasham said her father was “fun-loving and sociable” before the accident, and described him as a “visitor” and “a real positive influence”, as well as an experienced skier.

But she said seeing him at her daughter’s graduation some three months after her skiing accident was “a slap in the face”.

“I felt like ‘wow.’ There was a moment when I almost expected drool to come out of his mouth,” she said.

She added that her father could now not “see the forest for the trees” and got stuck “in the nitty-gritty” of things.

“He’s easily frustrated, angry, angry — I didn’t remember him being an angry person, but he has a pretty short fuse these days,” she said.

“I think he’s more cautious, not as sure of himself – he’s in a really negative position and that’s hard for me as his daughter.”

Sanderson-Grasham later became emotional, telling the court, “I hope (my father) moves on. I hope we can put this strange chapter behind us.”

“We don’t always choose the doors we walk through but we can choose which way we walk. We have a lot of healing to do.”

Polly Grasham, daughter of Terry Sanderson, reacts to questioning in court during actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s skiing accident trial

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Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 12:00

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Who will testify in court today?

Terry Sanderson – the man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing accident – is expected to take the stand today in the civil trial.

Sanderson’s daughter Shea Gresham is also expected to testify. (His daughter, Polly Sanderson Grasham, stood Thursday.)

Gwyneth Paltrow is also expected to be called to testify if there is time.

Rachel SharpMarch 24, 2023 11:30

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A neuropsychologist who worked with Tom Brady witnesses ski crash victim Gwyneth Paltrow

A neuropsychologist testifying for a man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing accident has criticized defense claims that he “exaggerates his injuries.”

Paltrow is being sued by retired ophthalmologist Dr. Terry Sanderson, 76, who alleges she walked in on him on the slopes of Mount Flagstaff at Deer Valley Resort on February 26, 2016.

Skanderson, who is seeking $300,000 in damages, says he suffered severe brain injury that caused “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement.”

On the third day of the trial in Park City, Utah, psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Alaina Fong charged the defense that Sanderson was exaggerating his symptoms to exploit Ms. Paltrow’s celebrity status and wealth.

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 11:00

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer apologizes for being an “a**”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorney apologized Thursday for being an “a**” to a witness during the civil trial of the star’s ski accident.

Attorney Stephen Owens admitted he may have crossed the mark while questioning Polly Sanderson Grasham — the daughter of Terry Sanderson, the retired ophthalmologist who sued the Hollywood star and CEO of Goop.

He said, “I need to apologize for being an a** ex.” “It was wrong of me to make you, your father, your sister, and your mother third. I ask for your forgiveness.”

Mr. Owens had asked the witness about her sister’s allegations that her father was abusive and false.

Rachel SharpMarch 24, 2023 10:39

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WATCH: Moment attorney Gwyneth Paltrow complains about the camera pointing at the star

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer complains after filming the actor in court

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 10:00

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Expert says Terry Sanderson is not slow in exploiting Gwyneth Paltrow

Dr. Alina Fong challenged the opinions of other medical experts employed by Paltrow’s defense, adding, “This completely changed his life physically, emotionally, and biologically — and he was affected in all of those areas.”

She said there was “no evidence whatsoever” that Mr Sanderson was “faking” his injuries and that he was an “exemplary patient”.

She added: “Terry showed up to every appointment on time. He did the best he could – the treatment is so intense. He was an exemplary patient… There was no problem with any of our therapists.”

“In fact, it was almost the opposite… Terry is a very smart guy who didn’t want to be injured… and was willing to do anything he could to change his place.”

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 09:00

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International advice after ski crash experience was encouraged by Mr. Sanderson’s neuropsychologist

Under cross-examination by Sanderson’s attorney, Dr. Fong said she had advised Mr. Sanderson to travel.

“I encouraged him to try to get back to doing the things he loves,” Dr. Fung said. “I warned him he shouldn’t be traveling alone because of his memory issues and other problem-solving issues.”

During opening arguments earlier this week, Paltrow’s attorneys tried to poke holes in Sanderson’s allegations by arguing that his injuries could not have been as severe as he claimed if he had been able to travel to “more than a dozen countries” after his 2016 skiing collision.

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 08:00

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A skating collision caused Terry Sanderson’s rapid, severe contraction, experts tell the court

Neuropsychologist Dr. Sam Goldstein testified in front of the jury on Wednesday.

Dr. Goldstein said the accident caused a “rapid, severe downturn” in Mr. Sanderson’s behavior and performance that did not stem from pre-existing medical problems.

“If it weren’t for this particular accident, the life he (previously) was living… would have been the life he would still be living,” said Dr. Goldstein.

Sanderson and Ms. Paltrow are set to take the stage in the coming days, as well as members of the actress’s family.

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 07:00

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ICYMI: Terry Sanderson claims he can no longer enjoy wine tastings

The retired ophthalmologist who took actor Gwyneth Paltrow on trial for a skiing collision has claimed he can no longer enjoy wine tasting due to the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Neuroradiologist Dr Wendell Gibby testified on Wednesday that the collision caused Terry Sanderson to “suddenly” suffer a severe decline in quality of life – leaving him unable to enjoy his past times.

“Terry was an energetic, high-functioning person…meetings with groups, wine tastings, skiing, volunteering,” she said.

“After the accident, his condition suddenly deteriorated and many activities that he loved to do, he stopped doing.”

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 06:00

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Gwyneth Paltrow to testify alongside her children and Brad Falchuk at Utah ski accident trial

Sanderson’s attorneys said they plan to call Paltrow to the stand to testify on Friday.

Paltrow’s husband, Brad Falchuk, and her two children, 18-year-old Apple and 16-year-old Moses, are expected to testify.

Actor Stephen Owens’ attorney described Paltrow’s family members as part of her skateboarding group when the incident occurred on February 26, 2016.

He said, “She, Brad, is her husband, whom you will now hear from, her daughter, Apple, from whom you will hear, Moses, from whom you shall hear.”

Andrea BlancoMarch 24, 2023 05:00

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