Utah jury in favor of Gwyneth Paltrow in the ski crash case

Gwyneth Paltrow looks on as her attorney objects during the closing arguments of her trial, in Park City, Utah, U.S., March 30, 2023. Rick Bowmer/Pool via REUTERS

On Thursday, a jury in Utah concluded that Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow was not responsible for injuries sustained by a man in a 2016 ski slope mishap at an upmarket Park City resort.

The event left retired optometrist Terry Sanderson with a concussion and four broken ribs. He claimed the injuries caused a traumatic brain injury and sought more than $300,000 in damages in a civil trial against Paltrow.

Sanderson, 76, stated that a lady he subsequently identified as Paltrow was skiing erratically when she skied into his back at Deer Valley Resort and sent him flying. A close friend of Sanderson claimed that he witnessed Paltrow collide with the former physician.

Paltrow stated that she was not at fault and that Sanderson attacked her from behind.

The eight-person jury sided with Paltrow, found Sanderson to be 100 per cent at blame, and awarded Paltrow the symbolic $1 in damages she had requested in her countersuit.

Once the verdict was read, the "Shakespeare in Love" actor, also known for her lifestyle company Goop, grinned. Her lawyer stated in court that she would not comment on the verdict.

Paltrow said she was skiing with her two daughters when "two skis came between my skis, forcing my legs apart, and then there was a body pressing against me, and there was an extraordinary grunting noise."

She stated they both plummeted to the ground, with Paltrow landing on Sanderson in a jumble of skis and limbs.

She stated, "I did not cause the accident, so I cannot be at fault for anything that subsequently happened to him,"

Publish : 2023-03-31 12:46:00

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