I’m following the Gwyneth Paltrow skying collision trial on live TV – complex and contentious. Lots of objections from both sides and soooooo many calls of ‘please approach the bench’ from the judge and ‘can we approach the bench’ from the lawyers, to discuss points of law.
My gut reaction, only from observing Gwyneth Paltrow’s demeanour and body language, is that she is innocent.
I’m wondering if my ability to judge character is going to be sorely tested. Hope not!
A couple of things struck me - first, this happened in 2016 and second he’s only asking for $300K in damages. He claims this has changed his life but if that was really the case he’d have sued immediately and for millions not for an amount that to Paltrow is small change.
I thought he did ask for something like $3million dollars originally and then dropped to the lesser amount. Just don’t know who is telling the truth and whether he is as injured as he says he is etc. I would not want to be the judge in this case, get Judy in, she will sort them out quick.
I agree with you @Bonzocat , both in the judgement and concern that we may be losing ability to discern genuine character from good acting.
The initial idea that she would slam into another skier and then leave them, presumably prone in the snow, without checking, seems strange unless they didn’t look that damaged or she really did think she was being assaulted.
The plaintif, on the other hand, in even bringing a civil suit for large financial reward, seems a bit opportunist.
Still, gives us a distraction from the truly serious news of the moment.
I agree it’s strange. Given her style of life she doesn’t come over as someone who would just callously go. But then I also think he doesn’t look the type to deliberately ski into her in a crude assault - if he’d been 20 years younger I would have said “maybe”. I wouldn’t like to have to decide.
Whether they extend to deliberately smashing into someone on a ski slope I don’t know - but she’s in court to find out whether her argument or that of the plaintif is more persuasive to a jury on that score.
Possibly not. Ski slopes can be very dangerous places if you don’t abide by the rules. If you’re on a ski slope, you have a duty of care for people down slope of you. Being distracted is no more of an excuse than if you did the same driving a car and ran someone over.