DAN WOOTTON: I never thought I’d feel sorry for the privileged and self-obsessed health crank Gwyneth Paltrow, but her ski crash court case is a total stitch-up. The rude multi-millionaire Goop weirdo deserves to win
Let’s be honest about it: Gwyneth Paltrow is so easy to dislike.
A precocious actress turned health crank who has amassed a $200 million fortune by tricking her gullible anti-ageing disciples to shell out silly money for useless items like over-priced vaginal eggs.
A sanctimonious A-lister who tried to use the failure of her marriage to Coldplay’s Chris Martin to lecture us that divorce was a backward concept and should be referred to going forward as ‘conscious uncoupling’.
A woman so rude to the top British journalist Dylan Jones when he was penning a high-profile cover piece for a magazine that he quizzed the movie crew about her, only for 70 per cent to give a negative verdict, including one branding her a ‘snotty so-and-so’.
A designer clothing clad prima donna on an expensive ski trip with highly paid instructors for each of her ridiculously named offspring Apple and Moses who swears at a member of the public after an accident before sloping off for a massage.
After following her circus of a show trial for the past week, I’m convinced Gwyneth (pictured) has been totally stitched up, says Dan Wootton
I thank God, in the midst of a relentlessly depressing news agenda, that Gwyneth (pictured arriving at court on Thursday) did decide to face her accuser, while counter suing for a mere $1, in a Utah courtroom, writes Dan Wootton
Hardly the type of character or behaviour that is going to engender any sympathy in a US courtroom.
But here’s the problem: After following her circus of a show trial for the past week, I’m convinced Gwyneth has been totally stitched up.
There’s a good reason she’s coming across as a fed-up diva, barely able to tolerate the inane questioning about the brief 2016 collision with retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, who claims she gave him brain damage: Gwynnie’s telling the truth and is subject to a financial witch hunt.
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While I appreciate there won’t be much sympathy for the actress, believe it or not, she is standing up for an important point of principle: Innocent folk, even mega-privileged celebrities, shouldn’t have to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars in an out of court settlement simply to avoid the negative publicity sparked by a chancer trying his luck.
All that said, I thank God, in the midst of a relentlessly depressing news agenda, that Gwyneth did decide to face her accuser, while counter suing for a mere $1, in a Utah courtroom.
Because her showdown with Sanderson’s attorney Kristin VanOrman – acting like a small-town lawyer with big ambitions straight out of a John Grisham novel – made for the most entertaining celebrity cross examination in televised legal history.
Perhaps the line that has become most infamous is when Gwyneth was asked about the ‘losses’ she personally suffered from the accident, only to respond: ‘Well, we lost half a day of skiing.’
But that’s the point; she isn’t trying to turn a minor ski slope dust up into an international news event.
For her, she thought nothing of offering a few swear words and turning in early for a no doubt exorbitantly priced massage to soothe her injuries.
Meanwhile, Sanderson, who, at 76, clearly wanted his moment in the international spotlight, saw an opportunity.
He’s the definition of an opportunist.
I agree 100 per cent with the case by Paltrow’s legal team that Sanderson (pictured arriving at court on Thursday) has become ‘obsessed’ with gaining financially from a vulnerable famous person by pushing a case made up of ‘BS’, writes Dan Wootton
I had been reserving judgement to watch the evidence play out before the conclusion of the trial, but then yesterday Sanderson went completely off the deep end, writes Dan Wootton (pictured)
Because three years later, he sued the Marvel star for a ludicrous $3.1 million – now reduced by the court to $300,000 – and insisted the collision at the Deer Valley Resort caused him a permanent traumatic brain injury.
I had been reserving judgement to watch the evidence play out before the conclusion of the trial, but then yesterday Sanderson went completely off the deep end.
During his closing testimony he actually had the temerity to compare Gwyneth to the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In the most bonkers statement of the case yet, Sanderson claimed: ‘I guess like, what is going on here? This is obviously an issue that someone needs to be accountable for, and if they’re never accountable, what are they gonna do? They’re gonna do it again.’
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Then, referring to Epstein’s so-called ‘Paedophile Island’ in the Caribbean where he is believed to have trafficked and sexually abused dozens of girls, the claimant added: ‘Now we have the… molesting of young children on an island.’
At that point, Gwyneth seemed to finally have had enough, briefly losing her cool, while shooting a flabbergasted look at her attorney Stephen Owens, who branded the testimony ‘ridiculous’, prompting the judge to tell the jury to disregard the words.
By that point, the Rubicon had been crossed and I agree 100 per cent with the case by Paltrow’s legal team that Sanderson has become ‘obsessed’ with gaining financially from a vulnerable famous person by pushing a case made up of ‘BS’.
And that BS has come unstuck thick and fast.
Notably, a total dismantling of Sanderson’s claim that he’d become a recluse because of the accident, with her lawyers producing photos him riding a camel in Morocco, trekking up Machu Picchu in Peru and, yes, continuing to ski.
Health-wise, he suffered a stroke long before the fateful meeting with Paltrow and used to walk into walls prior to the accident.
Not to mention a neuropsychologist who said there are no signs that Sanderson had suffered from concussion, but scored highly in evaluations on the ‘narcissism’ scale.
At least that’s one area he has in common with his unlikely nemesis Gwyneth.
Because, as ever with celebrity trials, there really are no winners.
Gwyneth looks as self-obsessed, out of touch and pretty much awful as you could imagine.
Perhaps from a PR point of view she should have paid the bloke a million bucks to stop the headlines from the past week.
But she deserves to win.
Because Sanderson, by contrast, is using a chance encounter with a celebrity to win him fortune and fame around the globe, when actually all he deserves is pity.
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