Trial against Gwyneth Paltrow for alleged skiing negligence
Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, is due to appear in court next week to face a negligence lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was seriously injured by the actress in 2016 when the two were skiing in Park City, Utah.
Terry Sanderson, 76, claims the runway incident was caused when Paltrow rammed him from behind, “punched him hard, knocked him out” and resulted in “permanent traumatic brain injury, 4 broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss.” of joy” led to life, emotional distress and disfigurement,” the complaint reads.
The actress claims Sanderson was the one who crossed paths with her – and he apologized to her immediately after the crash. Paltrow said the incident left her with minor injuries that kept her off the slopes for the rest of the day.
Sanderson claims Paltrow’s actions amounted to a hit and run.
“Paltrow got up, turned and drove away, leaving Sanderson stunned in the snow, badly injured,” the 2019 complaint reads. “A Deer Valley ski instructor who had coached Ms. Paltrow but had not seen the fall skied over, saw the injured Sanderson and skied away, falsely accusing Sanderson of causing the fall.”
That instructor, Eric Christiansen, was originally named along with Deer Valley Resort Company in the petition, but they were later removed when a judge narrowed the line of argument over the hit-and-run. The ruling left the plaintiff with his claim of simple negligence against Paltrow for the crash itself — but dropped all claims relating to everything that happened afterward, according to Salt Lake City-based NBC affiliate KSL.
“No one with knowledge of Ms. Paltrow’s actions after the collision alleges that Paltrow acted recklessly,” the judge wrote in the order. “Even if you interpret it in the most favorable light [Sanderson]the undisputed facts do not support his contention that Paltrow’s post-collision actions were likely to result in significant damage, that they were grossly unreasonable or an extreme departure from usual care, or that they involved an obvious and high degree of danger.
The remaining cause of action is a $300,000 claim against the actress. The original lawsuit sought approximately $3.1 million in damages.
In a counterclaim, Paltrow alleges that Sanderson was the one who actually rammed her from behind as she was climbing and gave her a “full body punch.” She says Sanderson admitted she doesn’t remember the incident clearly – but says she remembers everything. Contrary to the claim of the plaintiff, the defendant says that her instructor saw the crash.
Paltrow is seeking $1 in damages and attorneys’ fees.
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Utah’s slope law states that people have the right of way in front of you. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
The trial begins next week, March 21st.
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