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By Associated press
SALT LAKE CITY – Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in court that a man who accused her in a lawsuit for crashing him in a ski resort in Utah was actually the culprit of the collision and was trying to exploit his fame and fortune.
Paltrow was skiing with his kids and friends in 2016 on a family vacation on a beginner course called "Bandana" at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, when Terry Sanderson hit her. from behind and he inflicted a "body blow". Counsel for the actress alleged in a counterclaim filed in court. Paltrow said she was shocked by the crash and abandoned skiing for the day.
She said that Sanderson had apologized to him and that he was fine, said his response to Sanderson's complaint. Paltrow had previously denied having blamed the crash in a statement, but had not yet proposed a full version of the events.
"She did not knock her out," said Paltrow's court. "He knocked her out – he was not knocked out."
Paltrow, known for her roles in "Shakespeare in Love" and in the "Iron Man" movies and for her lifestyle company named Goop, said her injuries were minor and she claimed "symbolic damage" of one dollar plus legal fees. Sanderson for being defended against what she called a "baseless claim".
His legal response to Sanderson also described his lawsuit as "an attempt to exploit his celebrity and wealth."
Paltrow's account differs greatly from the sequence of events of February 26, 2016, alleged by Sanderson in his lawsuit last month. He said that Paltrow had lost control of his ski and knocked him out, leaving him with a concussion and four broken ribs. Sanderson called the phenomenon "hit and run" and claims $ 3.1 million in damages.
Sanderson, a retired optometrist in Salt Lake City, told reporters on the day of his trial that he had waited nearly three years to file a lawsuit because he was having trouble with lawyers and did not could not work properly due to concussion.
Sanderson's lawyer, Robert Sykes, did not immediately respond Wednesday to an email requesting comment on Paltrow's response to his client's lawsuit.
Sanderson's lawsuit and Paltrow's response to it cite an incident report filed by a Deer Valley ski instructor about the collision.
The instructor, who is skiing with 9-year-old Paltrow's son, said Sanderson was the skier who climbed up and hit Paltrow from behind. According to the report provided to the Associated Press by Paltrow's lawyer through actress spokeswoman Heather Wilson, Paltrow was making sharp turns behind her kids, who were skiing lessons. Paltrow's lawyers intend to present the report as an exhibit, Wilson said.
But the instructor said in his report that he had not seen the collision and had only heard Paltrow scream and touch the ground. He did not explain in the report how he had known that Sanderson had caused the collision.
Sanderson, in his trial, accused the instructor of making a false report. Sanderson said she also heard Paltrow scream, just before saying that she had crushed him, according to his lawsuit.
Deer Valley Resort spokeswoman Emily Summers said on Wednesday that the resort could not comment on the outstanding legal issues. Sanderson's lawsuit against Paltrow also includes the action as defendant.
The station 's lawyers asked the judge to file the complaint filed in court on Tuesday, in which they denied that the instructor was falsifying the report and had defended the reaction of the ski patrol personnel to the police. accident.
The station said his ski patrol had led Sanderson in a toboggan to a medical tent after the collision. The station denied inflicting emotional distress that Sanderson claimed to have suffered after the collision.
"A recreational ski accident that the grievor has been waiting for almost three years before going to court is simply not an event that makes a" reasonable person "unable to cope with his daily life," Deer Valley said in his statement. folder.