In a civil lawsuit against her, Gwyneth Paltrow was put on the witness stand on Friday. There, she vehemently refuted claims that she was to blame for a 2016 accident at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort that left a man critically injured.
Terry Sanderson, 76, is suing Paltrow for $300,000, claiming she crashed into him while skiing, causing a concussion, brain damage, and four fractured ribs. Sanderson, though, is accused of being at fault by Paltrow, who also claims that he is abusing her fortune.
“Mr. Sanderson categorically hit me on the ski slope and that is the truth,” Paltrow said from the stand Friday.
The actor and Sanderson disagree over who was farther up the hill at the time of the collision and who was hit. According to the Deer Valley website, the person ahead or going downhill has the right of way.
After the jury heard testimony from Sanderson’s daughters, an eyewitness, and medical professionals on Friday, Paltrow was brought to the witness stand.
As she felt a body press against her back and saw two skis sliding between her own, Paltrow claimed she was “gently” gliding down the slope. Paltrow claimed that after she and Sanderson tumbled to the ground, she briefly froze before getting agitated and screaming at Sanderson.
Paltrow regretted her reaction, said she felt violated then, and thought the accident might have been a s*xual assault.
“There was a body pressing against me and a very strange grunting noise,” she said.
According to Paltrow, she stayed until a ski instructor who had been helping one of her kids informed her she could leave. Paltrow said the teacher recorded the incident in a report and ensured Sanderson was okay.
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Paltrow is asking for legal bills to be paid as well as $1 in damages.
In response to questions from Sanderson’s attorney Kristin VanOrman concerning an eyewitness account of the collision that contradicts Paltrow’s own, Paltrow questioned the witness’ veracity. They asserted that she was the one who was struck.
Craig Ramon, a friend of Sanderson’s who was visiting the resort with him as a meetup group member, is the witness. In his testimony on Tuesday, he stated that he was around 35 feet higher than Sanderson when the incident occurred.
Ramon claimed that after hearing a scream, he quickly witnessed Paltrow slamming Sanderson from behind. He saw them both fall to the ground and stopped next to them, claiming that while Sanderson was face down in the snow for almost two minutes, Paltrow got back up.
After the mishap, Paltrow left around four minutes later without introducing herself or asking if Sanderson was okay or required medical assistance, according to Ramon.
Ramon told the court that he flagged ski patrol after he and Sanderson tried to continue skiing downhill, refuting claims made by Paltrow’s attorneys that a ski patrol member stopped by the accident scene. Ramon claimed he requested assistance to get Sanderson to the resort’s nurse’s station since Sanderson was obviously “not OK.”
When Sanderson’s attorneys rest their case, Paltrow’s attorneys are anticipated to begin their defense the following week.
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