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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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