The jury has found Paltrow not guilty in her ski crash case. She was accused of being at fault for the accident involving retired Optometrist, Terry Sanderson.
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Sanderson was suing Paltrow for $300,000, stating that his medical ailments, broken ribs and a concussion, were a direct result of the collision. He alleged that the actress was skiing recklessly when she crashed into him on February 26, 2016 at Deer Valley Resort in Utah.
Lasting brain damage was also cited as one of the injuries. He claimed that the injuries has negatively impacted his personal life and daily activities.
The jury, which had started their deliberations earlier in the day, reached the conclusion that Sanderson was to blame, not Paltrow. Paltrow then counter-sued for $1 and her legal fees, asserting that she had not collided with Sanderson.
“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity,” Paltrow shared in a statement after the verdict was read. “I am pleased with the outcome, and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case.”
Gwyneth Paltrow told the court that it was Sanderson who caused the collision. She said that when a man initially came up behind her, put his skis between hers, and groaned, she thought she was being assaulted.
“Mr. Sanderson categorically hit me on the ski slope, and that is the truth,” Paltrow testified to the court.
After the accident, Paltrow had lunch with her two children and her husband. She then decided to end her ski day because her knee was hurting. Apple and Moses Martin, her children, stated that their mother was upset after the accident and told them that Sanderson had collided into her.
Sanderon, 76, brought in a witness and a medical expert to testify to his injuries and his version of events, but evidence and counter-testimony from Paltrow and her witnesses convinced the jury to find her not responsible for the accident.