On Wednesday, Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorneys are expected to continue relying mostly on experts to mount their defense in the trial over her 2016 ski collision with a 76-year-old retired optometrist.
The judge presiding over the trial in Park City has made it clear that he wants Paltrow’s defense team to rest their case by Thursday afternoon in order to give the jury enough time to deliberate and come to a consensus.
Terry Sanderson, the Utah man suing Paltrow, is asking for more than $300,000, alleging that Paltrow’s recklessness on the slope caused the crash, leaving him with four broken ribs and years of post-concussion symptoms including confusion, memory loss, and irritability.
Paltrow has countersued for a symbolic $1 and attorney fees, alleging that Sanderson veered into her from behind.
In the second week of the trial, it’s clear that both sides have spared little expense to ensure they have a roster of expert witnesses on call in case needed.
Amid intense time constraints, multiple witnesses testified for longer than anticipated.
Paltrow’s attorneys have repeatedly asked Judge Kent Holmberg to clarify the timeline for the eight-day trial.
They reversed plans to cross-examine Sanderson to keep time on the clock for the four expert witnesses they said they had put up in a nearby hotel on Tuesday.
Much like Sanderson’s attorneys, Paltrow’s legal team is attempting to cram into four days all testimony from family members, doctors, and an accident reconstruction expert.
They said on Tuesday that they planned to call four additional experts to testify but left the door open to call Paltrow or Brad Falchuk, her television producer husband, to the stand.