Gwyneth Paltrow to appear in court over 2016 ski ‘hit and run’ that left Terry Sanderson with broken ribs
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Gwyneth Paltrow is set to stand trial over a 2016 ski "hit and run" crash on the slopes. In 2019, Terry Sanderson, a retired optometrist sued the actress for $3.1 million as he claimed that she was skiing "out of control" on February 26, 2016, and seriously injured him after knocking into him at Park City, Utah resort.
The complainant shared that the incident left him with a traumatic brain injury and broken ribs. He also claimed that he was left with a loss of enjoyment of life. However, Paltrow's lawyers accused Sanderson of 'lying.' The 'Goop' founder then countersued him in 2021 after alleging that he delivered a "full-body blow" after he rammed her, reported New York Post.
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Paltrow's court trial expected to run for eight days
In a courtroom in Park City, the trial for Paltrow and Sanderson is expected to run for eight days and is set to begin on Tuesday morning, March 21. The Oscar-winning actress will stand trial in her own defense. She claimed that a year before the crash in Utah, the 69-year-old retired doctor told his doctor that he was blind in one eye.
In the counterclaim filed by Paltrow's lawyer, Sanderson "admitted he does not remember what happened," and added, "Paltrow remembers what happened very clearly. She was enjoying skiing with her family on vacation in Utah, when plaintiff — who was uphill from Paltrow — plowed into her back … Paltrow was angry with the plaintiff, and said so. plaintiff apologized."
Was Sanderson partially blind?
The attorneys for Paltrow wrote, "Other than his vision problems, he had 15 other chronic medical issues." Following the crash, the brain tests conducted for the plaintiff did not show "any deficits in his cognitive functioning."
As per the judge's order, Sanderson cannot seek $3.1 million in damages he had hoped for and will be able to seek only $300,000. The 50-year-old actress sought the cost of her legal fees along with $1 sought in damages as "her injuries were relatively minor.”
The actress denied Sanderson's claim that she allegedly crashed into him and she was 'uncaring' at the time. Paltrow's lawyers said, "The undisputed facts do not support the assertion that Paltrow committed a hit-and-run,” and added that even the litigious doctors' "concluded that the evidence indicates that defendant Paltrow’s post-collision actions were ‘reasonable under the circumstances’."
The actress, in the court, said that despite Sanderson's claim that after he was seriously injured, he traveled on multiple occasions to different places internationally, including two weeks in Central Europe, two weeks in the Netherlands, and three weeks in Thailand, according to New York Post.