Tuesday marked the beginning of the trial for a Utah skiing accident from 2016 in which actress Gwyneth Paltrow was involved.
Seven years ago, when they were both skiing on a novice slope at Deer Valley Resort, Paltrow is accused of colliding with Terry Sanderson, inflicting multiple significant injuries, and then leaving him.
YouTube is hosting a live feed of the trial.
Three years after the crash on the mountaintop, retired optometrist Sanderson filed the complaint. Since then, he has claimed that the collision caused him to suffer mental harm, a brain injury, and four fractured ribs. Paltrow allegedly departed the scene without providing Sanderson with her name, a way to reach her, or a way to call for assistance, according to Sanderson.
“Distracted skiers cause crashes,” said Sanderson’s lawyer Lawrence Buhler in his opening statement. Defendant Gwyneth Paltrow was aware that it was hazardous to gaze up the mountain and to the side while skiing down it.
Stephen Owens, Paltrow’s attorney, told the jury that Sanderson’s accusations that the actress fled the mountain after striking him were completely false.
According to us, that is complete BS, Owens stated.
He also explained to the jury that Sanderson’s legal team had the burden of evidence in this instance, not the actress.
“You’ll be sad for [Sanderson], but that isn’t why you came. You’re here to determine whether someone struck someone carelessly or if nobody did, he said.
He said, “Skiing has inherent hazards.
According to KSL.com, Sanderson requested $3.1 million in damages in the original filing of the lawsuit. However, Third District Judge Kent Holmberg reportedly rejected part of Sanderson’s allegations against Paltrow in May 2022, concluding that there had not been a “hit-and-run ski crash,” as reported by the news source. Now, the 76-year-old is suing for $300,000 in losses.
A month after Sanderson filed his countersuit in 2019, the Oscar-winning actress and businesswoman did the same. She described what had happened that day and ascribed the accident to him. The moment he abruptly smashed into her back and dealt her a “full body blow,” she said, he was uphill from her and her family. Paltrow said that Sanderson apologized after she became angry with him.
Both parties expect the other to pay for their legal fees. Paltrow is suing for $1 in losses.
It is unknown whether Paltrow would speak, but her lawyer informed the jury that certain family members who were skiing beside her at the time of the event will do so.