Terry Sanderson Grilled on ‘I’m Famous’ Email
On Monday, in the latest dramatic part of the ski crash test between Gwyneth Paltrow And Terry SandersonPaltrow’s attorney questioned Sanderson in an email he sent hours after the crash, in which he told his daughters, “i’m famous.”
Paltrow’s team‘debate—that Sanderson was the one who skied into Paltrow and that he was suing only to take advantage of her popularity—is shown in full here.
“My head is dizzy. All I’m trying to do is desperately contact my children before they hear from anyone else,” Sanderson said in court Monday when asked about the email. “I didn’t choose the words well—and that’s not how I feel at all… I was really trying to add some lightness to a serious situation and it backfired. I didn’t know this was where we were going.
“Remember once saying that you agree that saying ‘I’m famous’ is a crazy thing?” Paltrow attorney Stephen Owens asked Sanderson.
“Not me at all,” Sanderson said. “I don’t care about that.”
“But that’s you, isn’t it? When you say ‘not me’, it’s actually you,” Owens replied.
“It’s another personality living in my body right now,” Sanderson said.
“And you blame Gwyneth Paltrow for that?” Owen asked.
“Yes,” Sanderson replied.
Earlier on Monday, the 76-year-old retired man cried in the stands as he talked about his relationship with his daughters since the crash, which he says has fractured. He also couldn’t hold back his tears when he talked about breaking up with his ex-girlfriend after the collision because he wasn’t sure if he could recover from his injury in time.
“I can’t ski anymore,” Sanderson announced. “I was told that if I did and I had another accident, I might end up in a nursing home full time.”
Sanderson is seeking $300,000 in damages from Paltrow, alleging that their 2016 crash on a ski slope resulted in traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs and mental distress. Paltrow, who testified on Friday, is seeking a symbolic $1 and compensation for her legal expenses.
Testing is taking place in Park City, Utah.