Gwyneth Paltrow is in the middle of a ski crash trial, defending herself against a $300,000 suit filed by Terry Sanderson, who claims to have sustained serious injuries in a crash involving Paltrow on the slopes in 2016. The actress is countersuing him for just $1 in damages, claiming the suit is a frivolous one. During this ongoing trial, Paltrow was grilled by Sanderson’s lawyer about her friendship with Taylor Swift, and how the pop star inspired her to sue for just $1 in damages.
Swift famously sued former DJ David Mueller in 2015 for sexual assault and battery and was later awarded $1 in damages. On the stand, Paltrow was asked if she considered herself “good friends” with Swift to which she replied that while they were friendly, they were not close friends. Paltrow confirmed that she had taken her kids to one of Swift’s concerts, but that they didn’t talk very often. The lawyer then asked if Paltrow had given Swift personal and intimate gifts for Christmas, seemingly alluding to Goop’s 2021 holiday guide video in which Paltrow packs up a series of presents for fellow celebrities and drops a vibrator into Swift’s gift bag.
The line of questioning was eventually shut down by the presiding judge, but the damage was already done. Swift, who is known to be fiercely private, was dragged into a trial that had little to do with her. It just goes to show how celebrities are interconnected in ways that we don’t always realize, and how their actions can unknowingly impact others.
In the end, Paltrow’s countersuit of $1 is still a head-scratcher, regardless of its symbolic value. It will be interesting to see how this trial plays out and how it could potentially impact future lawsuits.