Nothing feels as shameful as an “I wish you well” after losing a court battle. But now Terry Sanderson knows what it feels like and it comes from no other but the very actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The retired optometrist was suing the star over a collision that occurred 7 years ago that left him “lasting brain damage.”
The internet was having a blast with the simple, quiet gesture after the court was finished.
The court only went for two hours and 20 minutes before the jury reached their verdict. A Twitter observer wrote, “We are now consciously uncoupled. I want my $1 in cash.” They were referencing to Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” while talking about her divorce.
Another observed, “I wish you well’ works on two levels. The gracious gesture to a defeated opponent. But also the ‘f**k you’ subtext.”
“Let me decipher this for you all. Gwyneth saying, ‘I wish you well,’ is very calculated, a big f**k you, and something she hand selected with the same care she displays when selecting her next eye cream to try,” wrote another.
“Gwyneth Paltrow whispering ‘I wish you well’ to the guy who sued her and lost is pure troll behaviour, iconic,” noted another impressed observer.
The case began with Terry Sanderson suing her after claiming that an incident that took place in Deer Valley in 2016 gave him irreversible injury. He claimed the 50-year-old crashed into him and for eight days, the courtroom was live-streamed for all to see the testimony.
While Paltrow refused to comment as she walked out of the courtroom, her attorney Stephen Owens had read a statement.
“We’re pleased with the outcome and appreciate the judge and jury’s consideration. Gwyneth has a history of standing up for what’s right and this situation is no different. She will continue to stand up for what’s right.”
Paltrow herself also later shared a statement via her representatives, “I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity. I am pleased with the outcome and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case.”
Owens spoke in his closing argument, “The easy thing for my client would have been to write a cheque and be done with it but what does that tell her kids? (It’s) a cost of business? No, it’s wrong that he hurt her and he wants money from her and that’s why we’re here.”
“It’s not about the money, it’s about ruining a very delicate time in a relationship where they’re trying to get their kids together. That’s what Terry Sanderson cost her.”
Meanwhile, Sanderson’s lawyer Kristin Van Orman had commented that Sanderson is “suffering, he’s a very nice man.” He initially demanded $3.1 million in damages but the court ruled in her favor and ask that he pays her $1 plus the legal expenses, which was the amount Paltrow asked.
But some believed that she meant well with one writing, “Wow, she’s a saint. That’s very big of her to be so gracious.”
She added that the $1 was symbolic because the full price would be way more.