Tuesday marked the start of the Gwyneth Paltrow skiing accident trial.
At the Park City, Utah courthouse, the actress and entrepreneur was there as the jury was seated and the case’s opening arguments were made. They were both skiing on a Utah mountain in February 2016, and Sanderson, 76, claims Paltrow collided with him and caused him significant injury.
In the original court documents Sanderson filed, which was able to obtain in 2019, Sanderson claimed that Paltrow had “skied out of control” while skiing at Deer Valley Resort, “knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, as well as four broken ribs and other serious injuries.”
Additionally, according to Sanderson, Paltrow and her ski instructor left the accident scene without seeking medical attention.
Paltrow sued Sanderson, a retired ophthalmologist, in a countersuit, alleging that he crashed into her while skiing.
In her countersuit, Paltrow claimed that the plaintiff, who was traveling uphill from her, crashed into her back as she was skiing with her family in Utah. She received a complete “body blow.” Ms. Paltrow expressed her annoyance with the plaintiff. The claimant expressed regret.
Even though it was still dawn, she decided to stop skiing for the day since she was disturbed and shaken. According to court records, Sanderson originally sued Paltrow for $3.1 million but later changed his suit and now requests more than $300,000 in damages.
Paltrow is requesting $1 in damages in addition to legal costs.
Before opening arguments by one of Sanderson’s lawyers, Lawrence Buhler, and then by Paltrow’s lawyer, Steve Owens, the judge on Tuesday provided directions to the eight-person jury and introduced the attorneys for each side.
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The trial is anticipated to go on for nearly a week. Although Paltrow’s counsel promised the jury they would hear from family members who were skiing with her at the time of the event, it is still unknown if Paltrow will take the stand.
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