Gwyneth Paltrow took the stand Friday in a Utah courtroom, testifying about a ski collision in 2016.
- The actress has alleged that Terry Sanderson, who is suing her for $3 million, was responsible for the accident.
- Paltrow appeared shocked after Sanderson’s attorney repeatedly accused her of lying.
Actress and ‘Goop’ mogul Gwyneth Paltrow took the stand Friday and recounted the 2016 ski collision that has since landed her in a Utah courtroom where she and a retired optometrist stand fight over allegations of dueling negligence.
The ‘Goop’ actress and creator offered her version of events on the fourth day of the trial this week, insisting that it was Terry Sanderson, the man suing her for $3 million, and not her, who was responsible for the accident at the top of a mountain. years ago.
“Mr. Sanderson absolutely knocked me out on that ski run,” Paltrow said on the helm.
So far, witnesses throughout the trial have offered conflicting accounts as to who was at fault in the accident, which left Sanderson with four broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury, according to medical records.
Sanderson, 76, sued Paltrow in 2019 for the crash on a beginner’s track at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, alleging she crashed into him. Paltrow then counter-sued Sanderson for negligence, alleging he was responsible for the accident.
In court on Friday, Paltrow testified that she was skiing with her two children and their ski instructor when Sanderson skied behind her; she said she felt two skis go under her skis before she and Sanderson both fell to the ground.
Sanderson is seeking $3 million in damages compared to Paltrow, who is seeking $1, plus reimbursed attorney’s fees. In court on Friday, the actress said she first heard about the token legal tactic of singer Taylor Swift, who successfully sued a DJ for $1 for assault and battery in 2017.
The most significant moment of the day came when Sanderson’s attorney, Kristin Van Orman, accused Paltrow of lying on the stand, and the actress reacted with visible shock.
Following the ‘Goop’ founder’s testimony, in which she said she was generally not accident-prone, Van Orman focused on Paltrow’s comments regarding her stability and said she wanted asking the actress about statements she previously made during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in which she said she always bumps into things.
“She lied under oath several times,” Van Orman said in court on Friday.
Judge Kent Holmberg quickly closed the line for questioning following the attorney’s allegation against Paltrow, and Orman apologized, saying she was relying on the actress’ prior inconsistent statements.
Paltrow told the courtroom that she did not ask if Sanderson had been injured as a result of the crash, but stayed on the mountain long enough to hear him say he was going. GOOD. She testified that she injured her back and knee in the crash, but did not seek medical attention after the crash.
Earlier this week, attorneys for both parties said Sanderson emailed his daughters hours after the crash and told them “I’m famous,” referring to his collision with the Oscar-winning actor.
Paltrow’s 16-year-old son, Moses, is expected to speak next week.
Attorneys for Paltrow and Sanderson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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