In the United States, a lawsuit against Gwyneth Paltrow began on Tuesday for a skiing accident allegedly caused by the actress in 2016, in which a man was seriously injured.
Gwyneth Paltrow (50) is introduced to the court by Terry Sanderson (76). The retired ophthalmologist says that in 2016 he was hit by the “undisciplined” actress on a ski slope in the US state of Utah, after which Paltrow would continue to skate without looking back. “She got up, turned and walked away while Sanderson lay dazed and badly injured in the snow,” his attorney said. The indictment said the man suffered “a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries”.
Paltrow’s ski instructor was also accused of not helping Sanderson, and later filing a false report to protect his client.
Sanderson initially demanded $3.1 million (about $2.9 million) in damages, but the judge had already reduced it to a maximum of $300,000 (about $279,000).
Paltrow denies the allegations and claims that Sanderson completely injured her in a crash that he was at fault for. She also accuses the Seventy-something of exaggerating his injuries and wanting to exploit her fame and fortune. She is seeking $1 in damages and her attorney’s fees.
Paltrow arrived at court with a bodyguard on Tuesday and took notes in a booklet with her initials. Paltrow’s attorney called Sanderson’s allegations “utter nonsense” in his opening statement.
According to the actress’ complaint, her group checked on the man after the collision, but Sanderson said he was fine. Paltrow’s lawyer noted in court that Sanderson does not deny the interaction, but claims he does not remember it. It is also alleged that the man posted a “very happy smiling photo” online of him being brought down the slope on a sled after the accident.
Paltrow’s attorney questioned Sanderson’s credibility, citing his age and the 15 documented medical conditions, including brain injuries, that the man had prior to the collision. The attorney warned jurors not to let their sympathy for Sanderson’s illnesses influence their verdict.
“His memories of the case improve with age,” the lawyer said. “Memory doesn’t work that way.”
The trial will last eight days, and Paltrow himself will also testify.
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