FILE PHOTO: Premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, USA, 23/04/2018 – Actress Gwyneth Paltrow. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni
February 20, 2019
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American actress Gwyneth Paltrow sued on Wednesday a retired optometrist who sued her following a shock on a ski slope in 2016. , in Utah. years later.
Paltrow, 46, is claiming a nominal $ 1 in damages from Terry Sanderson, 72, who sued him last month for $ 3.1 million in Summit County Court. , in Utah, following the incident at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City.
"The resolution of this counterclaim will demonstrate that the plaintiff (Sanderson) met with Ms. Paltrow and nevertheless blamed her for attempting to exploit her fame and wealth," wrote the lawyer. Actress in a complaint of 18 pages.
Sanderson announced his lawsuit against Paltrow at a press conference held last month in Salt Lake City, claiming he was skiing on a beginner's trail when he heard a "screaming hysterical scream" from the back before being hit between the actor and the shoulder blades.
The retired ophthalmologist, who said he had been skiing for over 30 years, said he was suffering from four broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury, which had left him with a short-term memory loss. Sanderson also claimed that Paltrow had skied without a word as a result of the impact, in violation of a local ordinance imposing on skiers involved in a collision to stop and to help the wounded.
In his counter-suit, Paltrow alleged that it was Sanderson who had struck her from behind, inflicting a "body blow" at her. The actress said that during the brief meeting, Sanderson apologized and assured him that he would not be hurt.
"Ms. Paltrow's statement that Dr. Sanderson hit her from behind is false," Bob Sykes, a lawyer for the Salt Lake City-based optometrist, told Reuters on Wednesday.
"Paltrow clearly hit Dr. Sanderson from behind. Dr. Sanderson was the alpine skier and had priority. It is unfortunate that Ms. Paltrow fails to tell the truth about what happened, "Sykes said.
Paltrow, who won the Best Actress Award in 1998 for her role in "Shakespeare in Love," is also known for her Goop website and her store promoting healthy eating and a stress free lifestyle.
(Report by Dan Whitcomb, edited by Peter Cooney and Sonya Hepinstall)