Gwyneth Paltrow testified Friday in a civil trial stemming from a 2016 skiing accident at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.
Terry Sanderson has accused the actress and Goop founder of crashing into him and causing him serious injuries while they were both skiing — a lawsuit that Paltrow testified that she thinks is unfair, saying she didn't cause the accident.
She filed a countersuit against Sanderson claiming that he skied into her.
Here's what she said on the stand:
- A family trip: Paltrow was skiing with her two kids as well as with Brad Falchuk – who was her boyfriend at the time, now her husband – and his two kids. Each child had their own ski instructor, she said. They had been to Deer Valley Resort, where the collision happened, twice before, she said, and the incident with Sanderson happened on the first day of their trip.
- How she described what happened: Paltrow testified that two skis came in between her skis, forcing her legs apart and then "there was a body pressing against me and there was a very strange grunting noise" from behind. She described the collision as being a slow fall and that when they both came crashing down together, their skis were tangled up.
- Sanderson's condition: Paltrow said she did not ask about the condition of Sanderson after they collided, testifying that she did not know the extent of his injuries and "thought it was very minor on the day." Sanderson claims that Paltrow hit him causing a brain injury and four broken ribs.
- After the collision: Paltrow said the incident was "absolutely not" a hit-and-run. Sanderson claims Paltrow and her ski instructor skied away after the incident without getting him medical care. She testified that she stayed on the mountain "long enough for him to say that he was OK" and to stand up.
- Risky behavior: She says she wasn't engaged in "risky behavior" at the time of the crash. She said she wouldn't ski in a risky way "with my children there or without my children there."
- Legal questions: Sanderson's legal team tried to use previous media appearances in which Paltrow discussed being clumsy to discredit her testimony, but the judge ultimately would not allow it. It had apparently renewed a debate between the two sides, which the judge had already considered, on whether Sanderson's lawyers could raise the interviews in an effort to discredit Paltrow's testimony.
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