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Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer asks about missing GoPro video

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorneys asked the daughter of a man suing the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer over a 2016 ski collision about missing GoPro camera footage that they called “the most important piece of evidence” at trial Thursday.

Steve Owens, Paltrow’s attorney, asked one of the man’s daughters, Polly Grasham, about emails exchanged with her father about the mysterious footage and the possibility that the lawsuit was filed against Paltrow because she was famous.

The GoPro footage has not been found or included as evidence for the trial.

“I’m famous … At what cost?” Terry Sanderson, the 76-year-old retired optometrist suing Paltrow, wrote in the subject line of an email to his family after the crash.

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Sanderson is suing Paltrow for more than $300,000 in damages, claiming that she skied recklessly into him on a beginner run at Deer Valley Resort seven years ago, breaking his ribs and leaving him with a concussion. Paltrow has claimed Sanderson caused the crash and countersued for $1 and attorney fees.

The trial took on an increasingly personal note on the third day of proceedings when Sanderson’s daughter and a neuropsychologist testified about his declining health.

Sanderson’s attorneys tried to persuade jurors that the collision had changed the course of their client’s life, leaving him brain-impaired and damaging his relationships with loved ones.

Paltrow’s attorneys questioned whether Grasham and neuropsychologist Dr. Alina Fong could say with certainty that Sanderson’s downturn wasn’t a result of aging or documented, pre-crash conditions. They questioned Grasham about her father’s anger problems, divorces and estranged relationship with another of his daughters, who is not testifying at trial.

Paltrow has previously called the lawsuit an attempt to exploit her fame and celebrity. On Thursday, Owens, her lead

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer sorry for being an ‘ass’ to witness

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer apologized Thursday for being an “ass” to the daughter of the doctor suing the Oscar-winning actress.

Lawyer Stephen Owens gave the mea culpa after the lunch break and before continuing his cross-examination of Polly Sanderson Grasham, who was called to be a witness for her father Terry Sanderson.

“I need to apologize I was being an ass earlier,” he said. “It was wrong for me to triangulate you, your dad, your sister, and your mom. I ask for your forgiveness.”

The attorney was apparently referring to a tense moment earlier in the day when he asked Sanderson Grasham if her sister, Jenny, who had claimed in a deposition that their dad was abusive, was a liar.

Sanderson Grasham had just testified that her dad had become angry and hot-tempered only after the accident, and the lawyer had tried to draw a line between that claim and Jenny’s claim of abuse.


Photo of Owens apologizing to the court.
Lawyer Steve Owens, apologizes to the plaintiff’s daughter Polly Sanderson Grasham for being an “ass.”
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Picture of Polly on the stand.
Polly Sanderson Grasham was emotional on the stand.
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At one point, she broke down crying.
At one point, she broke down crying.
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Sanderson Graham's father is suing Paltrow over their 2016 ski accident in Utah’s Deer Valley Resort.
Sanderson Graham’s father is suing Paltrow over their 2016 ski accident in Utah’s Deer Valley Resort.
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Paltrow’s attorney worked to chip away at the argument that the accident was responsible for this by pointing to a deposition in which Jenny had made her claims about the doctor being verbally abusive to her and her mom, with whom he had an acrimonious divorce.

Jenny, who was supposed to testify and backed out, said in a deposition that her father “relentlessly tried to mold” her.

Sanderson Grasham agreed he did try to mold Jenny, but said it didn’t go as far as abuse.

Owens then asked her if she thought her sister was a liar,

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