Gwyneth Paltrow trial - live: Actress gears up for lawsuit over ski accident in Park City, Utah

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow is heading to court to answer a civil lawsuit brought against her by a man who claims she injured him in a ski hit-and-run seven years ago.

Paltrow claims she was hit from behind by another skier suffering minor injuries, whereas Terry Sanderson, 76, a retired optometrist, claims that it was Paltrow who slammed into him in a “full body hit” as she skied the slopes of Park City, Utah.

He says the movie star and Goop CEO crashed into him with such force that he was left with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement,” according to Law & Crime.

The trial will decide who’s responsible for the damages which began at $3.1m but were since lowered to a $300,000 claim against Paltrow. She is seeking a single dollar in damages and for her legal fees to be covered.

The trial begins on Tuesday.

Paltrow recently faced backlash over her now-viral wellness routine and daily diet which she laid out in a recent podcast with her doctor. She countered it was not a diet she was recommending to other people.

Key Points

  • Oscar-winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow faces civil suit after 2016 ski crash

  • Retired optometrist Terry Sanderson and Paltrow have very different versions of events

  • Sanderson suffered ‘permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs ... emotional distress’

  • Trial will decide damages

Who is plaintiff Terry Sanderson?

17:25 , Megan Sheets

A 76-year-old retired optometrist is suing actor-turned-lifestyle influencer Gwyneth Paltrow after he claims she struck him in a “hit-and-run ski crash” seven years ago.

The incident took place on the slopes of Flagstaff Mountain, part of the Deer Valley Resort near Park City, Utah, on 26 February 2016 when Paltrow and Dr Terry Sanderson collided on a beginner’s course known as the Bandana Run.

Mr Sanderson subsequently filed for damages in January 2019 and is seeking $300,000 in compensation for the injuries he sustained, prompting Paltrow to file a countersuit in which she asks for a symbolic $1 should she win and for her legal expenses to be covered.

Mr Sanderson insists that the movie star smashed into him on the slopes after racing downhill in an “out-of-control” manner, according to Court TV.

She struck him in the back with such force, he alleges, that he was left with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement”.

In his complaint, the plaintiff argues that Paltrow “got up, turned and skied away”, leaving him “stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured” without summoning help.

Here’s what we know about Mr Sanderson:

Who is Terry Sanderson? The man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a skiing accident

17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The man skiing with the film star was Eric Christiansen. At first, he and the Deer Valley Resort Company were named in the petition. They were later removed when a judge restricted the argument to be about the collision and to being between Ms Paltrow and Mr Sanderson, with the hit-and-run issue removed from the dispute.

The ruling led to the claim now being one of negligence against Ms Paltrow for allegedly causing the crash while what took place afterwards is out of bounds for the proceedings, KSL reported.

“No one with knowledge of Ms. Paltrow’s post-collision actions claims to have observed Paltrow acting recklessly,” the judge wrote in his order. “Even when interpreted in the light most favorable to [Sanderson], the undisputed facts fail to support his claim that Paltrow’s post-collision actions were likely to result in substantial harm, that they were highly unreasonable or an extreme departure from ordinary care, or that they came with an apparent and high degree of danger.”

Did anyone else see what happened?

16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

“A Deer Valley ski instructor, who had been training Ms. Paltrow, but who did not see the crash, skied over, saw the injured Sanderson and skied off, falsely accusing Sanderson of having caused the crash,” the complaint states.

Ms Paltrow on the other hand, claims that her instructor did in fact witness the collision.

The rule of the hills in Utah is that those ahead of you have the right of way and that those coming from behind have to avoid others. Both Mr Sanderson and Ms Paltrow claim that they were lower down on the mountain.

What does Mr Sanderson claim?

15:35 , Oliver O'Connell

Mr Sanderson, 76, says the movie star and Goop CEO was the one who crashed into him, and with such force that he was left with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement,” according to Law & Crime.

Mr Sanderson is arguing that Ms Paltrow is essentially guilty of the ski version of a hit and run. In his complaint filed in 2019, he alleges that after the collision, she “got up, turned and skied away, leaving Sanderson stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured”.

What does Paltrow say happened?

15:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s day on the slopes in Park City, Utah was cut short seven years ago when she had to take some time to rest after she collided with another person coming down the hill.

As she was climbing the hill on 26 February 2016, another skier slammed into her from behind. She suffered minor injuries, for which she says the man apologized immediately.

According to her, Terry Sanderson, 76, a retired optometrist, said he couldn’t clearly remember what had happened after the “full body hit”. But to Ms Paltrow, the incident is as clear as day.

His version of events is rather different.

14:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow is heading to court to answer a civil lawsuit brought against her by a man who claims she injured him in a ski hit-and-run seven years ago.

The trial in Park City, Utah begins tomorrow 21 March.

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