Gwyneth Paltrow headed to court over skiing accident claim

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, was skiing in Park City, Utah seven years ago when she and another skier collided going down the hill. While the actress claims Terry Sanderson, 76, slammed into her from behind, the retired optometrist claims that Gwyneth was the party at fault and skied away from the scene where he was left “seriously injured”.

The civil trial is set to begin tomorrow, March 21, to determine which skier is responsible to pay damages.

The MCU star claims, according to the Independent, that she was skiing downhill when Terry slammed into her from behind.

Gwyneth claims that she suffered minor injuries and that the skier immediately apologised.

However, the 76-year-old claims that the actress slammed into him at such a speed that it left him with devastating injuries.

According to legal news website Law & Crime, the optometrist suffered a “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement”.

Terry is arguing that after the collision the Goop founder “got up, turned and skied away” in his 2019 complaint.

He claims that Gwyneth was coming down the beginner slope in an “out-of-control” manner, saying at a press conference at the time that he “heard this just hysterical screaming like … King Kong in the jungle or something” moments before contact.

On the slopes where the crash took place, those ahead of a skier have the right of way while those behind have to take action to avoid others.

Both parties reportedly claim that they were ahead of the other.

The allegations also claim that the actress left Terry “stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured”.

Gwyneth claims that her instructor, Eric Christiansen, was witness to the entire collision.

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However, Terry claims that her instructor didn’t see the crash but saw the injured man in the snow and also skied off.

Eric and the Deer Vally Resort Company were both initially named in the petition but were removed by a judge last year.

The judge restricted the argument to be about the collision itself between Gwyneth and Terry, disposing of any arguments regarding what happened after the crash.

This ruling also changed the claim from allegations of negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress to allegations of negligence against Gwyneth alone for causing the crash.

In the order, according to The Independent, the judge wrote: “No one with knowledge of Ms. Paltrow’s post-collision actions claims to have observed Paltrow acting recklessly.”

The judge noted that the “undisputed facts fail to support” Terry’s claims that Gwyneth’s actions after the crash “were likely to result in substantial harm”.

The original lawsuit reportedly claimed $3.1million (£2.5million) in damages which has now changed to a $300,000 (£244,000) claim against the actress.

In response, Gwyneth is seeking $1 (82p) in damages as well as her legal fees to be covered.

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