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Exclusive: Juror in Gwyneth Paltrow ski trial case speaks out

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clock: Jurors speak out after Gwyneth Paltrow wins civil ski accident trial

A juror in Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski trial is speaking out on an ABC News exclusive for the first time after sidening with the A-list actress on Thursday.

A jury unanimously sided with the actor and Goop CEO, concluding that Paltrow was not at fault in the 2016 Utah ski resort confrontation between her and former optometrist Terry Sanderson. .

Samantha Imrie was jury number 11 in this trial.

Samantha Imrie tells ABC News in an exclusive interview.

“The whole thing was a little shocking to me,” the 31-year-old told ABC News.

Imrie changed his mind multiple times as the trial progressed, but it took only a few hours to reach the same decision after an eight-man juror began deliberating.

She said she found Paltrow’s testimony persuasive.

“In the back of my mind, yes, this woman was an actress, and I took that into account, but I didn’t think she had any reason to lie under oath.” is always in the spotlight, so you have to be honest all the time.”

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As for Sanderson, Imry said, “He was telling his truth, and unfortunately I think some of it was distorted by other factors, but he was telling a truth that wasn’t his. I don’t think it was intended.”

Ultimately, Imrie said she felt expert witnesses like Dr. Irving Shah, who testified on Paltrow’s behalf, helped her come to a conclusion.

“He’s an expert in snow sports in many ways. I think the fact that Dr. Cher was able to speak in a noisy environment and studied the science of snow in particular made him a stronger opinion.” said Imrie.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and attorney Steve Owens read the verdict in a civil trial over a collision with another skier in Park City, Utah, March 30, 2023.

She said social media photos of Sanderson traveling around the world following the 2016 accident didn’t help the case either. was claiming.

I think I wrote down, “I need to make more money to travel this way.” You wouldn’t have thought he could do those things based on the paintings that were drawn. “

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The high-profile case involved celebrity Paltrow, but Imrie said her training as a nurse helped her focus on the facts of the case rather than who was involved.

“I think it’s important that the public doesn’t think this was a win just because Gwyneth is a celebrity. I mean, this is evidence-based. This is law-based,” she said. I work in medicine and I have to see everyone the same way, and I think that applies to the courts as well.”

Sanderson had requested $300,000 in damages, but instead had to pay Paltrow $1 in “symbolic damages” and pay her attorney’s fees and expenses.

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