A recent ski slope trial involving actress Gwyneth Paltrow has garnered attention after an online sleuth managed to uncover a group chat that was later submitted as evidence.
Michael Fletcher, a CourtTV viewer, claimed that infiltrating the chat took him only “probably like two minutes” and was “comically easy”, despite confounding courtroom attorneys.
During the trial, Paltrow’s attorneys had asked the daughter of the man suing Paltrow about missing GoPro camera footage of the 2016 ski-slope collision.
The lawyers called it “the most important piece of evidence” at the trial. However, they were unable to access the hidden messages within a Meetup group linked to the footage.
Fletcher, a tech investigator, managed to crack the code into the link and found the group chat, sending it to Paltrow’s defense team.
He later told Court TV’s Julie Grant that “they kept repeating that it’s the most important piece of evidence, and they couldn’t figure it out. They had no idea how to open the link.”
The messages within the chat were from Craig Ramon, a skier who claims to be the accident’s only eyewitness.
In the messages, Ramon clearly states that he knew Paltrow was the other party to the crash.
“You could not make this up. Gwyneth took out Terry last week,” Ramon wrote.
Sanderson, who claims the crash left him with permanent brain damage, insisted that he was not aware it was the celeb that hit him – as well as his key eyewitness.
“Like, I can’t believe they didn’t do this already. It’s almost a joke,”
“All I did was create a login for the website. If it’s a website that requires a login, you can’t access anything on it without a login … then the link works. It’s simple.”