March 24, 2023 — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow took the stand and gave her testimony in today’s courtroom hearing in her trial over a skiing accident at Deer Valley, UT, in 2016. Mrs. Paltrow was being sued initially for $3.3 million by Terry Sanderson, who alleges the American actress skied into him and left him with broken ribs and concussion and then fled the scene of the crash. Mr. Sanderson later lowered the sum to $300,000. Paltrow in turn has countersued Mr. Sanderson for a token $1 plus legal expenses.
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In her testimony, the actress described the events from 2016 as follows: “I was skiing and looking down hill as you do and I was skied directly into by Mr. Sanderson,” Gwyneth Paltrow stated plainly, before elaborating, “I was skiing and two skis came between my skis, forcing my legs apart and then there was a body pressing against me and there was a very strange, grunting noise. So my brain was trying to make sesne of what was happening. I thought, am I .. is this a practical joke, is someone, like, doing something perverted, this is really, really strange, my mind was going really really quickly and I was trying to ascertain what was happening.”
Paltrow was questioned by Sanderson’s legal counsel, “And then you said to him, I think you don’t know if you were up or if you were on the ground. But he was still on the ground, right, when you said “what are you doing? Why did you do that” and he said “I think you skied into me!” and that’s when you were furious, and said “You skied directly into my effing back!” At the top of your lung?”
Paltrow replied, “Yes, yes I did. And I apologize for my bad language,” the actress then added another time, “Mr. Sanderson categorically hit me on that ski slope and that is the truth
Later, Gwyneth Paltrow acknowledges that she left the scene without checking on Mr. Sanderson or ensuring that Mr. Sanderson had her details, but the actress stated that she had been told by her ski instructor, Eric Christiansen, to do so. “Mr. Christiansen stayed and filled out the report, made sure Mr. Sanderson was okay, and said to me ‘you can go ahead’,” the actress recollected the events from seven years ago.
The trial will continue next week and Paltrow’s lawyers are expected to call their own medical experts, Deer Valley ski instructors, Paltrow’s children, Apple and Moses Martin as well as her husband, Brad Falchuk. Her children and Falchuk were skiing with her on that day.