Now that the Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash trial is over, the person who started it all, plaintiff Terry Sanderson, is expressing some remorse in his actions.
As he exited the courtroom on Thursday after being found at fault for the accident, he was asked if he thought the lawsuit was worth the trouble, and he responded, “Absolutely not.”
He lamented to reporters, “I’m gonna be on the internet forever.”
It was suggested that the trial, which garnered major public interest, could end up landing him a reality show, but he replied, “I don’t need that.”
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Getting more in depth about the trial, Sanderson explained “It should have been the facts of the accident because as I said, I brought absolutely the truth to the accident. No reason to wander from that, and I still won’t, and I brought it for that reason.
“I wanted to see if justice prevails in those situations, but it becomes character assassination… It becomes things that you thought were long gone in your life, things from 30 years ago, 40 years ago, that should be meaningless.”
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As for Gwyneth, he said, “You get some assumed credibility from being a famous person… Who wants to take on a celebrity? No wonder I hesitated.”
He added, “It’s difficult. Who wants to do that someone who learns lines, learns how to play someone else’s part and be believable, be credible, wins awards? Who wants to go on that path?”
Still, he doesn’t seem to think too poorly of Paltrow.
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“I believe she thinks she has the truth,” he said, “but I absolutely know I said I would not bring any falsehoods.”
He also said that her decision to stop by after the trial was over and wish him well was “very kind of her.”
At the beginning of the trial, Sanderson insisted that Paltrow crashed into him while they were both skiing on the same slope in Deer Valley, an affluent resort in Utah. He also alleged that she left him alone after injuring him severely.
Later in the case, he claimed that he faced three separate near-death experiences, and they could all be traced back to that collision with Paltrow.
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He said that the accident left him with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life,” as well as emotional distress.
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Meanwhile, Paltrow’s team called a variety of experts to the stand, and they were able to ultimately convince the jury that given all the facts and all the conditions on the slope that day, it would have been impossible for her to be responsible for the collision.