Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s daughter Apple defended her mom in the trial over an infamous 2016 collision on the Utah ski slopes with a 76-year-old optometrist.
Apple’s deposition was read to the court by a stand-in on Tuesday and the transcript recalled how her mother declared “This a-hole ran into me!” following the collision with doctor Terry Sanderson.
“She came in, and she immediately…I noticed that she looked a bit shocked,” Apple said, according to the deposition.
“And I asked what had happened and she said, ‘This a-hole ran into me. He ran right into my back.’ And I remember she did this motion, saying that he ran into her back and they both went down.”
Apple, 18, was on the slopes on Feb. 26, 2016, when Paltrow and Sanderson got in a crash at Deer Valley Resort in Utah. Moses didn’t see the accident but was present in its aftermath.
Apple said her mother was disturbed by the accident that she called off skiing for the day.
“She was in a state of shock, and she decided after that she was not going to ski for the rest of the day, which she never does. She always stays on. But she decided to get off because she was in shock and she was in a bit of pain.”
Moses Martin, now 16, was on the slopes that day but didn’t see what led up to the crash.
“I recall skiing with my instructor and briefly seeing the collision,” he explained. “I saw my mother and a person behind her … who had crashed.
“I realized the equipment that she was wearing because I know what she wears when she skis and then I realized that it was my mom,” he added.
Sanderson accused the actress of leaving him permanently brain-damaged following a crash while skiing in Utah. He says Paltrow negligently rammed into him, leaving him with a concussion, four broken ribs, and a life-altering brain injury.
The “Goop” founder said it was Sanderson who ran into her, and both the plaintiff and the defendant have taken the stand already to present the eight jurors and two alternates with their version of the incident.
While the entire trial has been available for public viewing, Moses’ testimony was not live-streamed to protect his identity as a minor.
Paltrow’s lawyer Stephen Owens told the court Monday that Moses was missing school to help his mother’s case.
Sanderson took the stand for the first time Monday, insisting that Paltrow hit him and describing the sharp decline in his quality of life since the incident.
Also on Monday, ski instructor Eric Christiansen took the stand as a witness for the defense. Christiansen had been teaching Moses the day of the crash and backed up Paltrow’s version of the events that day.