Gwyneth Paltrow's children make surprising revelation during trial appearance
Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, found herself in the midst of a legal battle after being sued by 76-year-old doctor Terry Sanderson for allegedly crashing into him on the slopes in 2016 and leaving him injured.
The Goop founder, in turn, filed a countersuit, claiming that Terry was the one who ran into her.
Gwyneth's children, Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, whom she shares with ex-husband Chris Martin, stepped forward to support their mother during the trial.
Moses, who witnessed the collision, recalled seeing it happen while skiing alongside his instructor.
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In his deposition, which was read to the jury by one of Gwyneth's legal team, he said, "I recognized the equipment she was wearing because I know what she wears when she skis and then I realized it was my mom.
“So I was standing around and I realized it was my mother. When I skied over, I heard my mom yelling at the guy. She was saying something along the lines of, 'What the F-word? You just ran into me.'"
Apple, on the other hand, didn't see the accident but heard a commotion shortly after.
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In her deposition, which was also read aloud to the jury, she explained that she learned about the crash when she met her mother for lunch with the rest of their family, including stepfather Brad Falchuk.
She described her mom as looking "a bit shocked" at the restaurant.
When Apple asked what happened, she replied, "'This a-hole ran into me. He ran right into my back.'"
According to Apple's testimony, she had never seen her mom so shaken up and visibly upset.
Gwyneth was in pain and opted to get a massage at the spa instead of returning to the slopes.
Her husband, Brad Falchuk, 52, is scheduled to give a statement later in the trial in support of her claim that Sanderson was at fault during the Utah ski accident.
The Iron Man star first made headlines in January 2019 when Terry filed a lawsuit against her, claiming that Gwyneth injured him and fled the scene in Deer Valley, Utah, three years prior.
Court documents stated, "Gwyneth Paltrow skied out of control and hit the back of Terry Sanderson, another skier, who was downhill, knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs, and other serious injuries."
Terry initially sought over $3 million in damages, but now seeks $300,000 in the March trial.
Gwyneth denied the allegations and later filed her countersuit seeking a jury trial and a symbolic $1 in damages.
Her legal team claimed in court documents that she was struck by Terry, sustaining a full "body blow," and was left shaken and upset.
Throughout the trial, which began on Thursday, March 23, at the Park City District Court, Gwyneth has maintained her innocence.
When she took the stand on Friday, March 24, she detailed the traumatic incident, claiming that she initially thought the collision was a sexual assault due to the aggressive nature of the hit.
The Oscar winner said, "I was skiing and two skis came between my skis forcing my legs apart and then there was a body pressing against me and there was a very strange grunting noise so my brain was trying to make sense of what was happening. I thought, 'Is this a practical joke? Is someone doing something perverted? This is really, really strange.'"
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