Gwyneth Paltrow Addresses Backlash Over Her ‘Wellness Routine’
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has arrived in court to respond to a civil lawsuit brought against her by a man who claims she injured him in a skiing accident seven years ago.
Paltrow claims she was hit from behind by another skier who had minor injuries, while Terry Sanderson, 76, a retired ophthalmologist, claims it was Paltrow who rammed him in a “full body blow” while she was skiing on the slopes of Park City, Utah. .
He says the movie star and CEO of Goop hit him so hard that he was left with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement,” according to Law and crime.
The trial will determine who is responsible for damages that started at $3.1 million but have since been reduced to the $300,000 claim against Paltrow. She is seeking $1 in damages and to cover her legal fees.
The trial opens Tuesday as attorneys for both sides prepare to deliver opening statements.
Paltrow recently faced backlash over her now-viral health routine and daily diet that she put on a recent podcast with her doctor.
The defense begins with opening arguments
During opening arguments, attorneys for Terry Sanderson said that Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious disregard for everyone else skating” caused his client serious injuries, including four broken ribs and permanent damage.
“All skiers know that when they’re skiing down the mountain, it’s their responsibility to pay attention, to look down, and to give right-of-way to the skiers below,” Mr. Sanderson’s attorney said.
“Because the skiers below them can’t see behind them as they turn left and right to control their speed, especially when there are a lot of people down the mountain, it is the uphill skier’s responsibility to give up the right-of-way to the skiers below.”
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023 16:19
Gwyneth Paltrow’s cheerful smile as the trial begins
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023 16:04
Who is Terry Sanderson? The Utah doctor is suing Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is facing a lawsuit from a man who accused her of getting into him in a “hit-and-run skiing accident” seven years ago.
The accident occurred on the slopes of Mount Flagstaff, part of Deer Valley Resort near Park City, Utah, on February 26, 2016 when Paltrow and retired ophthalmologist Dr. Terry Sanderson collided on a beginner’s course known as the Bandana Run.
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023, 16:00
The jury is brought inside the courtroom
After a short break following the rulings on the preliminary motions, Judge Kent Holmberg ordered the jury to be brought into the courtroom.
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023 15:45
The jury won’t hear the arguments about “hit-and-run.”
Ruling on preliminary motions, Judge Kent Holmberg decided that the jury in Gwyneth Paltrow’s skiing accident trial would not hear arguments about the alleged “hit and run”.
Judge Holmberg said he reviewed enough evidence that Paltrow stopped and made sure Sanderson did not suffer any serious injuries before he left.
The jury will hear arguments from both sides about who had the right-of-way during the accident. Sanderson claims he was downhill and therefore had a right-of-way, while Paltrow claims it was the other way around.
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023 15:32
The judge discusses decency in the courtroom
Judge Kent Holmberg will allow only one Associated Press photographer and a CourtTV videographer to document the proceedings.
“I spoke to the Associated Press, not standing, not moving, no sound from the camera,” the judge said.
Justice Homberg said live tweets would not be allowed during the hearing to minimize disruption to the courtroom.
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023 15:15
Paltrow claims Sanderson hit it off
In court filings, Paltrow’s attorneys deny Sanderson’s allegations and claim that he was the one who collided with her — a collision in which she took a “total blow.” Her counterclaim claims that members of Paltrow’s group checked on Sanderson, who assured them he was fine. He questions his motives and claims of injury, noting that prior to the accident, he had 15 documented medical conditions.
He demanded that Mrs. Paltrow pay him millions. If she does not pay, she will face negative publicity resulting from his allegations,” her lawyers wrote in a 2019 court filing.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 21, 2023 14:39
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives in court
Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at a preliminary hearing in Park City, Utah.
Paltrow is being sued by retired ophthalmologist Terry Sanders, who alleges she collided with him during a skiing accident in 2016. Sanderson claims Ms. Paltrow was responsible for the accident, which left him with “emotional distress, brain injury, and a lack of fun.” for life.”
The Oscar-winning actress claimed it was Sanderson who bumped into her.
Andrea BlancoMarch 21, 2023 14:36
Paltrow seeks the moral victory to clear the name
After his initial lawsuit seeking $3.1 million was dropped, Mr. Sanderson amended the complaint and is now seeking $300,000. Paltrow — the Oscar-winning actress best known for her roles in Marvel’s “Shakespeare in Love” and “Iron Man” — sued, seeking attorneys’ fees and $1 in damages.
Paltrow replies that he was indeed the culprit in the collision, exaggerates his injuries, and tries to exploit her fame and fortune. In addition to her acting career, she is also the founder and CEO of high-end health company goop.
Paltrow seeks a moral victory to clear her name in seeking only $1 in damages plus legal fees.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 21, 2023 14:25
The case has been dragging on for years
In a case that has dragged on for years since his 2016 incident, Sanderson has sued Paltrow for $300,000 — claiming that the incident in Park City was the result of negligence, leaving him with physical injuries and emotional distress.
At ski resorts, the skier coming off the slopes has the right-of-way, so the main question in the case is who was furthest from the beginner’s run when the collision occurred. Both Paltrow and Sanderson claim in court filings that they were on a more insane streak when the other bumped into them.
Sanderson also accused Deer Valley and its employees of engaging in a “cover-up” by failing to provide complete information on accident reports and not following the resort’s safety policies.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 21, 2023 14:10
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