Two daughters of a retired optometrist suing Gwyneth Paltrow are expected to testify about the lasting effects of Paltrow’s 2016 skiing collision with their father as the trial takes on an increasingly personal note.
Lawyers are expected to call Polly Grasham and Shay Herath to the stand and question them about the broken ribs and permanent brain damage their father, Terry Sanderson, claims he suffered after he and Paltrow crashed at one of North America’s wildest ski resorts seven years ago.
Neurologist Richard Boehm and Paltrow may also be called to testify on Thursday or Friday.
Sanderson is suing Paltrow for $300,000, alleging she recklessly collided with him while the two were sledding a junior race at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.
In a counterclaim, Paltrow is seeking $1 (A1.5 USD) and attorney’s fees.
The amount of money at stake for both sides pales in comparison to the typical legal costs of a multi-year lawsuit and expert witness-heavy trial.
During the first two days of the trial, Sanderson’s attorneys and expert medical witnesses described how the injuries were most likely caused by someone hitting him from behind.
He attributed the noticeable changes in Sanderson’s mental acuity to that day’s injuries.
Paltrow’s attorneys worked to paint Sanderson as 76, whose decline had followed a natural course of aging rather than being the result of a collision with their famous client.
They have yet to call witnesses of their own to testify, but in opening statements released to jurors they said they plan to contact Paltrow’s husband Brad Falchuk and her two children, Moses and Abel.
They have so far tried to poke holes in testimony from Sanderson’s team of experts and are expected to cross-examine his two daughters about their father mentioning Paltrow’s fame and an email that references footage recorded on a Go Pro camera that was not found or included. certificate.
Sanderson was previously accused by her team of filing a lawsuit to exploit Paltrow’s wealth and celebrity.
Paltrow is the Academy Award-winning star of Shakespeare in Love and the founder and CEO of beauty and wellness company Goop.
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