Man who lost his ski crash lawsuit against Gwyneth Paltrow regrets it
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Terry Sanderson, the man who sued Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 ski crash, has said that he regrets bringing the incident to court.
When the case came to an end this week, a jury found Sanderson, 76, was '100 percent' at fault for the accident.
The retired optometrist had sued Paltrow for $300,000, but Paltrow countersued for a measly $1.
Speaking to reporters after the verdict on Thursday (30 March), Sanderson admitted that taking part in a live-televised trial against a celebrity was 'absolutely not' worth it.
Asked if he would do it over again, including the intense analysis of his medical history, he replied: "Knowing that now, no."
He continued: "I joked about dating sites, right? It's like, I'm gonna be on the internet forever."
Sanderson was referring to an earlier point in the trial where he told the court: "Well I can never go on another dating site again... it's the pain of trying to sue a celebrity."
When some reporters suggested Sanderson might be right for a reality TV show after this, he said with a smile: "I don't need that."
Sanderson, who claimed that Paltrow had crashed into him while skiing and caused significant injuries, has also hinted that he thinks the actor got a leg-up because of her celebrity status.
"You get some assumed credibility from being a famous person," he told reporters on Thursday. "Who wants to take on a celebrity? No wonder I hesitated. 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."
He then added: "I believe she thinks she has the truth … but I absolutely know I said I would not bring any falsehoods."
Meanwhile, Paltrow is thrilled with the trial verdict - and the saved $1 bill, I'm sure.
“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity,” she wrote on her Instagram story.
“I am pleased with the outcome and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case.”
Her lawyer, Stephen Owens, added in his own statement: "[Mr Sanderson’s] life has been laid open – that’s because of him. He hit her. He hurt her and he wants three million dollars for it.
"That’s not fair. The easy thing for my client would have been to write a cheque and be done with it – but what does that tell her kids?
"It’s wrong, it’s actually wrong that he hurt her and he wants money from her. This is a meritless claim.
"You don’t throw a three-million-dollar bombshell in the courtroom, call her [Paltrow] King Kong, and walk away. You shouldn’t reward that.
"Gwyneth, who could have just paid it out, paid the ransom, said, 'No I’m not doing that. I’m not going to have someone hurt me and then ask me for a lot of money. I’m not going to do it'."
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