Gwyneth Paltrow, an Oscar-winning actress and lifestyle guru, is heading to court in Utah over a ski collision that took place in 2016. The collision allegedly occurred when Paltrow was skiing on a green run at Deer Valley Resort, colliding with Terry Sanderson, a retired optometrist, and leaving him with a brain injury and four broken ribs. Sanderson filed a $3.1 million lawsuit against Paltrow, claiming that she was “distracted” and moving “out of control” before the crash, but Paltrow disputes this version of events, stating that Sanderson was the one who crashed into her.
The trial, which was initially filed in 2019, is set to decide who was responsible for the collision, and the lawsuit has since been reduced to a $300,000 claim against Paltrow, who is countersuing for a single dollar in damages, plus legal fees.
Sanderson has claimed that he heard “hysterical screaming like … King Kong in the jungle or something,” before he was slammed to the floor by Paltrow on Deer Valley Resort’s green “Bandana” run. He believes he then lay unconscious in the snow for between five and ten minutes. The lawsuit alleges Paltrow skied away, and an instructor scolded Sanderson, blaming him for the collision. Deer Valley Resort, the suit claimed at the time, failed to take “proper action,” filing a false report that said the retired doctor was at fault.
However, Paltrow has countered that her instructor, who was named in the lawsuit as Eric Christiansen, did witness the collision. The screen star further claimed that she was the one who was lower down on the mountain, not Sanderson. The rules on Utah’s slopes are that people in front of their fellow skiers have the right of way, and those coming down the slopes should avoid others in front of them.
The trial has garnered significant media attention, as it involves a high-profile celebrity, and there is much interest in the outcome. As such, we have put together this comprehensive article to provide you with all the necessary details about the case and what it means for both parties involved.
The Allegations Against Gwyneth Paltrow
As previously mentioned, Sanderson alleges that Paltrow was skiing “out of control” and collided with him, leaving him with severe injuries. The retired optometrist claims that Paltrow then skied away, leaving him lying unconscious in the snow for several minutes.
Sanderson’s lawsuit alleges that Paltrow knew it was wrong to ski out of control too fast for her ability, but she did it anyway. He is seeking $300,000 in damages, plus legal fees.
Paltrow, on the other hand, claims that Sanderson was the one who collided with her and that her instructor, Eric Christiansen, witnessed the incident. The actress is countersuing Sanderson for a single dollar in damages, plus legal fees.
The trial is set to determine who was at fault for the collision, and there is much debate over who is responsible for the incident.
The Importance of the Trial
The trial has garnered significant media attention due to the involvement of a high-profile celebrity, and there is much interest in the outcome. It is crucial for both parties to have a clear verdict to put the matter to rest and move forward.
The outcome of the trial could also have wider implications for skiers and ski resorts. The incident highlights the importance of following the rules and regulations on the slopes and being aware of others around you.
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