Retired optometrist who sued Gwyneth Paltrow in skiing accident told daughter ‘I’m famous’ hours after she allegedly shattered four of his ribs


Gwyneth Paltrow and Terry Sanderson

Left: Gwyneth Paltrow.Right: Terry SandersonAP/AP

  • Gwyneth Paltrow appeared in court in Utah on Tuesday to give opening statements in a ski accident lawsuit.

  • Terry Sanderson accused the actress of bumping into him at Deer Valley Resort in 2016.

  • Paltrow counter-sued, saying it was Sanderson who bumped into her.

Retired Optometrist Sue Gwyneth Paltrow Lawyers for both parties in the 2016 ski crash at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort said in opening statements Tuesday that they told their daughter, “I’m famous,” in an email hours after the crash.

Terry Sanderson’s attorney, Lawrence Buehler, said in his opening statement to a jury to decide in Utah’s Third District Court that he asked him to downplay the seriousness of his condition after the accident. But Buehler said the emails were unrelated and that he did not suffer a serious brain injury or four broken ribs, as Sanderson claims. He said he didn’t prove it.

Sanderson sued the “Shakespeare in Love” star for negligence in 2019, claiming Paltrow collided with him while skiing on Deer Valley’s beginner slopes. It said it had evidence of more than $3 million in damages caused by

Paltrow countersued, saying it was Sanderson who ran into her.

Lawyers for Sanderson and Paltrow did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah.iStock/Getty Images Plus

In an opening statement, Sanderson’s attorney said Paltrow was distracted when she saw her children skiing behind her on the morning of February 26, 2016.

Buehler said Paltrow violated skiing etiquette to give priority to the skier in front of her, Sanderson. He said this etiquette is “especially important” for beginner runs.

“She knew what she was doing was dangerous,” Buehler said.

Instead of enlisting Sanderson’s help, Buehler says Paltrow was “bolted” from the scene shortly afterward and his son’s ski instructor, Eric Christiansen, yelled at Sanderson.

Owens, Paltrow’s attorney, disputed much of Sanderson’s story in his opening statement Tuesday morning.

Owens said Paltrow, a conservative skier, was making a short turn on the right side of the trail when she suddenly heard a man moan and a man approaching between his skis. According to Owens, the men were sorry she hadn’t seen them when they hit the ground, she said.

Paltrow was “offended” after the crash and had strong words for Sanderson, but she didn’t “bolt” away from the scene, as Sanderson’s attorney claimed, Owens said. Instead, her ski instructor asked if Sanderson was okay, and Sanderson said he was okay, abandoning help from ski patrol, Owens said.

Owens also cast doubt on whether Sanderson’s reported health problems actually resulted from the crash, as he suffered a “stroke-like event” six years ago that left him blind in his right eye. rice field.

Deer Valley Resort and Christiansen were originally named as co-defendants in the lawsuit, accused alongside Paltrow of “negligent mental distress.” Sanderson said in his complaint that Christiansen lied in his report when he wrote that Paltrow was a victim.

But last year, Third District Court Judge Kent Holmberg dismissed the emotional distress claim and dismissed the resort and its ski instructors’ lawsuits. Holmberg wrote that there was insufficient evidence to bring the second claim to trial. Lawyers representing Resort and Christiansen did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment on Monday.

An ongoing lawsuit pits Sanderson and Paltrow over claims of negligence for actions that led to the crash itself.

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