The 2016 ski slope incident involving Gwyneth Paltrow had legal ramifications with the lawsuit filed by retiree Terry Sanderson. After eight days, this Thursday, a court in the state of Utah in the United States declared the actress not responsible for the accident. She asked for a dollar (which they gave her) as compensation.
During the trial there were dozens of testimonies, presented by both sides and a brief deliberation and finally the case of Terry Sanderson, a retired optician who sued the actress for more than $3 million in 2019 before the quantity ordered was reduced to 300,000.
Sanderson claimed Gwyneth Paltrow was recklessly skiing and collided with him on the slopes at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, resulting in a traumatic brain injury and other health issues he still suffers from.
“We are pleased with this unanimous finding and appreciate the careful handling of the case by the judge and jury,” Paltrow’s attorney Steve Owens said in a news release. “Gwyneth has a history of standing up for what she believes.: This situation was no different and will continue to stand up for what is right,” he added.
On the other hand, in a press statement, Paltrow said, “I heard it accepting a false statement has compromised my integrity. I am pleased with the outcome and appreciate all the hard work by Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their consideration in handling this case.”
The jury awarded Paltrow, as she requested, one dollar (plus legal fees), a symbolic amount that reiterates the story of the story of the Oscar winner as best actress for Passionate Shakespeare, 1998.
“I was beaten by Mr. Sanderson and he was to blame,” Paltrow said during the trial. “I am very sorry for him. You seem to have had a difficult life. But I didn’t cause the accidentso I can’t be blamed for what happened to him afterwards.”
Paltrow, who was with her children and an instructor on the beginner slope, said Sanderson was further up the mountain, some distance away, and suddenly crashed into her, hitting her full on the back. During the trial, the actress initially said so he thought the collision may have been an attempted sexual assault.
“It was a quick thought that crossed my mind when I was trying to figure out what was going on,” Paltrow said. And he explained: “I was skiing and two skis got between mine and forced me to separate my legs. And then there was a body pressing against me and I heard a strange growl. So my head was trying to make sense of what was going on.”
Paltrow testified that she froze during the initial shot, but after she recovered she asked Sanderson, who was still on the ground, what she was doing. She the actress recalled telling the man, “You skied on me.”
On the other hand, Sanderson’s legal team called the events “hit and run,” arguing that Paltrow was further up the mountain and moving at excessive speed.
“I was badly injured and also received many insults,” Sanderson said during his court statement. “Obviously, this is an issue that someone has to take responsibility for so it doesn’t happen again.”
Paltrow’s lawyers told Sanderson He took advantage of the fame of the actress to try to get money from her. They pointed out that the expenses were 9,000 dollars, but they only demanded the symbolic dollar of compensation.
“It’s what we want, not because he had to give up skiing, but because it ruined a carefully planned important moment in his life with his children,” they said. “We want our dollar.”
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.