Gwenyth Paltrow, 50, the actress and founder of Goop, was in court on Tuesday defending herself against claims that she crashed into a man while on a Utah skiing trip in 2016.

Terry Sanderson, 76, accused Paltrow of causing serious injuries including a traumatic brain injury. 


In the court documents originally filed by Sanderson, he stated that while skiing at Deer Valley Resort, Paltrow allegedly “skied out of control… knocking him down hard, and causing a brain injury, and four broken ribs and other serious injuries.”


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Sanderson also claims that Paltrow and her ski instructor skied away after the incident without getting him medical care.

Paltrow filed a countersuit against Sanderson, a retired optometrist, claiming that he skied into her.

Sanderson originally sued Paltrow for $3.1 million but is now seeking more than $300,000 in damages. 

According to Paltrow’s countersuit, she “was enjoying skiing with her family on vacation in Utah, when Plaintiff – who was uphill from Ms. Paltrow – plowed into her back. She sustained a full ‘body blow.’ Ms. Paltrow was angry with Plaintiff, and said so. Plaintiff apologized. She was shaken and upset, and quit skiing for the day even though it was still morning.”

Paltrow is seeking $1 in damages, plus attorneys’ fees.

The trial is expected to last about one week. It is unknown if Paltrow will take the stand, but her attorney told the jury they would hear from family members who were skiing with her at the time for the incident.

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