Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ski Trial Explained by Celebrity Lawyer

[Source: Extra]

Celebrity Lawyer Christopher C. Melcher, who is ranked as a best family law attorney in California, Explains Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Ski Collision Trial on Extra TV.


Day two, round two. In the case of the Park City plower, that’s thrust Gwyneth Paltrow into the legal spotlight.

The he-said-she-said battle with a retired optometrist over who hit whom on a beginner slope on a Utah mountain got hot in that courtroom. Not only over the case itself, but also over cameras in and out of court.

“We have a new camera pointed directly at my client right there on the right,” Gwyneth’s attorney argued that there should be some privacy in the very public trial. “And this has been a problem. For instance, reporters being in front of my client’s car. Cameras in her face.”

The judge agreed with Paltrow’s team.

To a point. “I do see this as a violation and I’ve asked that the reporter be told that this is now interrupting our proceeding,” stated the judge.

The trial centers on 76-year-old Terry Sanderson, who claims that Gwyneth plowed into him back in 2016 causing a brain injury, four broken ribs, and lasting physical and mental anguish.

He wants $300,000 in damages. Gwyneth is counter-suing for a symbolic $1 and attorney fees, saying Sanderson slammed into her as she was taking skiing lessons with her kids.

Gwyneth’s attorney says that Sanderson became obsessed with suing her after realizing that she was a wealthy actress. Even emailing his daughter the day of the accident to say, “I’m famous.”

Sometimes celebrity helps and sometimes it hurts. In the Johnny Depp trial, it no question helped. In the Lori Loughlin case, it no question hurt. What do you think about here with Gwyneth?

“Johnny Depp was very charismatic and likable when he took the stand and he started explaining his background,” explained celebrity divorce lawyer Christopher C. Melcher, who is ranked as a top family law attorney in California.

“When Gwyneth testifies, it’s really going to be a make or break. Is a jury going to like her? And if they do, they’re going to identify with her and want to vote in her favor. If she’s not likable, then she’s not going to do so well,” stated the top family law attorney.

If you are representing her, what would your advice be?

“To try and be personable and not the kind of stoic, detached, kind of figure that she’s actually showing up as, sitting there observing this trial. And just to try to be relatable to this jury,” said the celebrity divorce lawyer.


Both of Paltrow’s children who were nine and eleven at the time of the crash, along with Brad Falchuk, will take the stand. The trial’s expected to last until mid-next week.

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