London Daily

Focus on the big picture.

Jury in Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash trial retires to consider verdict

Jury in Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash trial retires to consider verdict

Case involving Oscar-winning actress over 2016 ski crash draws to end as closing arguments are heard
A jury in the US has begun deliberating if Gwyneth Paltrow is at fault for a ski collision in 2016 that left a man with broken ribs.

The Oscar-winning actress is accused of hitting retired optometrist Terry Sanderson on the ski slope, leaving him with several broken ribs and severe brain injuries.

She has denied the claims, alleging that Mr Sanderson crashed into her at the Deer Valley resort in Utah, and caused her to lose “half a day of skiing".

The eight-person jury will need to weigh competing versions of who was the downhill skier, making the other culpable for the crash.

In closing arguments, Paltrow's lawyers asked the jury to disregard the opposing side's emotional pleas for sympathy for Mr Sanderson.

Mr Sanderson has said the collision left him with a concussion and four broken ribs.

His counsel Robert Sykes told the jury that Paltrow’s belief was not responsible for the ski collision was sincerely held, but wrong.

“That day that Terry left his house to go skiing... he anticipated like many other days in his life a fun day of skiing, and he never returned home that night as the same Terry. He never came home, figuratively speaking,” he said.

“Terry has tried to get off that mountain but he's really still there. Part of Terry will forever be (there).”

Paltrow’s legal team said it would've been easier to simply write a check to settle the lawsuit, but this would not have been a good message for her children.

“But what would that teach her children?" her lawyer Steve Owens asked jurors.

“It's not about the money. It's about ruining a very delicate time in a relationship where they were trying to get their kids together," Mr Owens said.

The 2016 family trip to Deer Valley Resort was the first time Paltrow and her then-boyfriend Brad Falchuk brought their kids together in an effort to join families, he said.

In closing arguments, Mr Sanderson’s attorneys estimated damages as more than $3.2 million (£2.58m).

Paltrow has countersued for a symbolic $1 and attorney fees, though her attorneys said in closing arguments that the crash had damaged her far more.

Mr Sanderson's attorneys have cast doubt on Paltrow's testimony and underscored the injuries that their client, Mr Sanderson, has said changed the course of his life.

In a packed courtroom, they argued it was unlikely that someone could ski between another skier's two legs as Paltrow claimed.

They also noted that she didn't deny watching her kids skiing the moment of the crash, and pointed to a witness who claimed he saw Paltrow crash into the 76-year-old.

But the Oscar-winning actress’s lawyers argued that the actress didn't cause the accident and that its effects aren't as bad as Mr Sanderson claims.

They have suggested that he is pursuing the claim in part because of Paltrow’s fame.

Paltrow earlier told the jury she initially thought she was being “violated" when the collision began.

Three days later Mr Sanderson gave an entirely different account, saying she ran into him and sent him “absolutely flying."

Throughout the trial jurors have also heard from a variety of medical experts, ski instructors, and members of both Mr Sanderson’s and Ms Paltrow’s families, including the actress’s children, Apple and Moses Martin.
Newsletter

Related Articles

London Daily
0:00
0:00
Close
Congo Army Thwarts Attempted Coup Involving Americans and a British Citizen
Ireland's Homeless Gain Voting Rights
Blinken orders crackdown on Israel-Hamas leaks
Julian Assange Faces US Extradition: Key Facts
Jacob Zuma Takes Campaign to ANC Stronghold Soweto
Attempted Assassination of Slovakia PM Robert Fico: Investigation Ongoing
What Happens If an Iranian President Dies in Office?
Spain Recalls Ambassador After Argentina President's Remarks
Rishi Sunak Faces Cabinet Backlash Over Proposed Changes to Foreign Student Visas
Rwanda Denies Entry to Human Rights Researcher
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Reportedly Killed in Helicopter Crash
Blue Origin Resumes Space Tourism with 90-Year-Old Ed Dwight
Rishi Sunak and Wife Akshata Murty Wealthier Than King Charles
New Dutch Government Drives Wedge Through EU Liberals
Iranian President Raisi Missing After Helicopter Goes Down
Freemasons and ‘Global War Party’ Accused of Conspiring Against Georgia
Poland Supports Rolls-Royce's Nuclear Power Plant Initiative
European Ports Overflow with Unsold Electric Vehicles
Esprit Files for Bankruptcy in Europe, Putting Hundreds of Jobs at Risk
Chevron Halts North Sea Drilling Amid Rising Tax Burden
Jeremy Hunt Accused of Exaggerating Conservatives' Economic Record
Victoria Atkins Discusses Historical Gender Bias in the NHS
Dublin and Monaghan Bombings 50th Anniversary: Calls for Justice
Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty’s Wealth Rises to £651 Million
New Caledonia Riots Escalate After French Voting Rights Change
Renters Face Fierce Competition as Listing Times Shrink
Surge in Fake Science: 19 journals shut down due to fraudulent papers from 'paper mills'
Global Birthrates Decline, Raising Economic and Social Concerns
Boeing Faces Possible Prosecution Over 737 MAX Settlement Violation
Prisoner Escapes in France as Two Officers Killed in Van Ambush
German Court Rules AfD Can Be Monitored for Extremism
Jacob Rees-Mogg Criticizes Bank of England’s Inflation Strategy
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Promote Invictus Games in Nigeria
UK Arms Ban on Israel Would Aid Hamas, Says Cameron
US Regulators Probe Credit Card Reward Schemes
Labour Vows to End Rwanda Deportation Scheme/Scam
Exonerated Andrew Malkinson Faces Hardship Awaiting Compensation
India Poised to Surpass Japan as 4th Largest Economy
UN General Assembly Approves Palestinian Membership Bid
Biden to Impose Tariffs on Chinese Electric Vehicles
Cyberattack Disrupts Major US Healthcare Network
McDonald's Introduces $5 Meal Deal to Attract Customers
Protesters Attempt to Storm Tesla's German Factory
The United Kingdom reports it has emerged from recession
Teens Forming Friendships with AI Chatbots
WhatsApp Rolls Out Major Redesign
Neuralink's First Brain Implant Experiences Issue
Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with M4 Chip, Misleading AI Claims
OpenAI to Announce Google Search Competitor
Apple Apologizes for Controversial iPad Pro Ad Featuring Instrument Destruction
×