Thursday 17 October 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow denies causing ski crash

Terry Sanderson alleges that the actress was skiing out of control and crashed into him in the incident in 2016 in Utah.

Gwyneth Paltrow (Ian West/PA)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Ian West/PA)

By Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Gwyneth Paltrow has denied that she skied into a man who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a ski resort.

The actress alleges in a counter claim that the man actually ploughed into her from behind and delivered a full “body blow”.

She was skiing on a family holiday on a beginner run at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, on February 26 2016 when Terry Sanderson smashed into her, the actress’s lawyer alleged in a counter claim filed in court.

Paltrow said she was shaken by the collision and stopped skiing with her family for the day.

She said Mr Sanderson apologised to her and said he was fine.

She did not knock him down. He knocked her down. He was not knocked out. Gwyneth Paltrow's court filing

She had previously denied blame for the crash in a statement but had not yet offered a full version of the events.

“She did not knock him down,” Paltrow’s court filing said.

“He knocked her down. He was not knocked out.”

The account differs greatly from the sequence of events alleged by Mr Sanderson in the lawsuit filed on January 29.

He said Paltrow was skiing out of control and knocked him out, leaving him with a concussion and four broken ribs.

Mr Sanderson referred to it as a “hit and run” and is seeking 3.1 million dollars (£2.37 million) in damages.

The retired optometrist told reporters in Salt Lake City on the day he sued that he waited to file the lawsuit for nearly three years because he had problems with lawyers and could not function properly because of the concussion.

Deer Valley Resort spokeswoman Emily Summers has said previously that the resort cannot comment on pending legal matters.

Mr Sanderson’s lawsuit against Paltrow also includes the resort as a defendant.

Paltrow is known for her roles in Shakespeare In Love and the Iron Man films.

She also owns a lifestyle company called Goop.

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