Despite the case, Gwyneth Paltrow even wished her accuser the best of luck
Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow walked away victorious after the jury sided with her during her recently concluded, highly publicized ski trial. Based on her 2019 countersuit, Paltrow was granted a symbolic and shocking $1 along with the legal fees.
The incident started after 76-year-old retired optometrist Terry Sanderson sued the Oscar-winning actress alleging that a collision with her on a bunny slope in Park City, Utah, on February 26, 2016, ruined his life.
Paltrow countersued claiming that the man actually barreled downhill into her, not seeing her until it was too late.
Some of his injuries, she and her lawyers allege, predate the collision. She claims his lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to leverage her fame into a payday.
Yet in the end, Paltrow highlighted her win on a classy note when she stopped before leaving the court to lean over and tap her accuser’s shoulder to wish him the best of luck.
The truth behind the incident
But did Gwyneth Paltrow ski into an aging optometrist? Or did an aging optometrist ski into Gwyneth Paltrow?
The Park City determined who hit whom on the slopes of the Deer Valley ski resort in 2016.
Sanderson and Paltrow both allege that the other skied into their back and that each was further down the slope from the other skier.
Sanderson’s lawsuit claims that Paltrow skied “out of control” and barreled into him, which resulted in four broken ribs, a brain injury, and “other serious injuries.” His lawyers allege that Paltrow committed a hit-and-run, whooshing away after the incident and that ski instructor Eric Christiansen, who was teaching Paltrow’s family at the time, filed a false report about the events of the accident.
Initially, Sanderson sought $3.1 million in damages but was dismissed. He is now seeking $300,000 in damages.
During her cross-examination on March 24, 2023, Paltrow took the stand and, under oath, stated that she yelled “You’re skiing directly into my fucking back” when Sanderson was reeling on the snowy ground, flailing after they knocked into one another.
Paltrow’s lawyers, in her 2019 countersuit, claimed that around 11:55 a.m. that day, Paltrow and her family were skiing on an easier slope called the “Bandana” when Sanderson hit her from behind.
Paltrow did not see or hear him approach and Sanderson explained “that he had not seen Ms. Paltrow” while he was skiing. After the collision, which Paltrow describes as a “full body blow,” Paltrow “quit skiing for the day even though it was still morning.”
The lawsuit also states that Sanderson apologized, that Christiansen filed the incident report in which he stated that Sanderson said Paltrow “appeared” right in front of him and that Sanderson told Christiansen and a man named Craig Roman, a member of Sanderson’s ski group, that he was fine.
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