Gwyneth Paltrow's son Moses, 16, set to testify in Utah ski crash trial against 'famous' Terry Sanderson
PARK CITY, UTAH: According to opening statements made by Gwyneth Paltrow's lawyer, Steve Owens, on March 21, the actress' 16-year-old son, Moses Martin, would testify in her Utah ski accident trial. Paltrow was sued following a ski accident at Utah's Deer Valley Resort in 2016. Terry Sanderson, a retired ophthalmologist, said that Paltrow collided with him on a beginner's slope, breaking four of his ribs and leaving him with a lasting traumatic brain injury.
In her countersuit, Paltrow claimed Sanderson had accidentally run into her rather than the other way around. In his opening remarks, Sanderson's attorney claimed that Paltrow was preoccupied with watching her children ski when the crash occurred. According to Owens, Moses Martin, Paltrow's son, would testify that he went to check on his mother after the accident and found her laying on the ground.
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Moses to testify for Gwyneth
Moses, who was 11 at the time, allegedly saw his mother become upset with Sanderson after the incident and utter the phrase "What the F-word." Owens reported that Moses claimed to have never witnessed his mother in such a manner. Moses' intended testifying date is unknown at this time, as per INSIDER.
Owens claims that the collision occurred on Paltrow's first vacation with her future husband Brad Falchuk and their respective children from previous marriages. From 2003 through 2016, Paltrow was married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The couple had two children together, Moses, 16, and Apple, 18.
During opening arguments on March 21, attorneys for both sides revealed that the retired ophthalmologist who is suing Paltrow over the 2016 ski incident at Utah's Deer Valley Resort sent his daughter an email saying "I'm famous" hours before the accident. The email was brought up in the opening statement made by Lawrence Buhler, Terry Sanderson's attorney, to the jury that would determine the case in Utah's Third District Court. Buhler, however, asserted that the email is insignificant and does not support Sanderson's allegations that he had a severe brain injury or four fractured ribs.
According to Sanderson's attorney, there is proof that the accident caused him to incur damages totaling more than $3 million. Paltrow filed a countersuit, claiming Sanderson had run into her. Paltrow's lawyer, Steve Owens, said in his opening remarks that she is only seeking $1 in damages. Buhler claimed Paltrow broke ski etiquette by allowing Sanderson, the skier in front of her, to pass. This protocol, according to him, is "especially important" for a beginner's run, INSIDER reported.
Sanderson's claims against Paltrow
"Ms. Paltrow has been skiing since she was three years old, she considers herself an intermediate skier. She has skied about half a dozen times at Deer Valley ski resort," Buhler said to the court. Sanderson said Paltrow crashed into him and was "uncaring" at the time, which Paltrow has denied. According to her attorneys, "the undisputed facts do not support the assertion that Paltrow committed a hit-and-run," and continued, "the evidence indicates that defendant Paltrow’s post-collision actions were ‘reasonable under the circumstances'."
According to the New York Post, Paltrow testified in court that Sanderson, 69, had traveled frequently abroad, spending two weeks in the Netherlands, two weeks in Central Europe, and three weeks in Thailand, despite his claim to have symptoms of severe injuries.