Gwyneth Paltrow countersues over Utah skiing accident
Gwyneth Paltrow has launched legal proceedings against a Utah doctor who sued her last month over a skiing accident, insisting that she was the actual victim of the crash, and claiming that the doctor is partially sighted.
Terry Sanderson, now 72, sued Paltrow at the end of January for $3.1 million (£2.37m) over the 2016 crash at the Deer Valley resort.
Dr Sanderson claimed that Paltrow was skiing "recklessly" and crashed into him, leaving him with brain damage, before skiing off.
But on Wednesday Paltrow’s lawyers filed a counter suit, seeking a jury trial and a symbolic $1 in damages, and insisting that in fact it was Dr Sanderson who crashed into the Oscar-winning actress.
"Ms Paltrow did not slam into Plaintiff’s back. Plaintiff slammed into hers," the court documents claim.
"She did not knock him down. He knocked her down.
"He was not knocked out. Immediately after the collision, he stood up and addressed Ms Paltrow. Ms Paltrow expressed her anger that he ran into her, and he apologised. She did not cause the collision."
Paltrow’s lawyers claim that Dr Sanderson had told his doctor about one year earlier that he was blind in his right eye, and that his vision in his left eye was decreasing.
They claim that, three weeks before the incident, Dr Sanderson told his doctor that he had “gotten old all of a sudden,” and that he had 15 other chronic medical issues.
Paltrow also denied that she was skiing recklessly, insisting that she was skiing with her children and going slowly behind them, with two instructors.
She maintains that Dr Sanderson hit her, from behind, and the instructors came to his aid, asking if he was OK. He said he was.
Paltrow said she recalled the incident well because it left her so shaken she stopped skiing for the day, even though it was still the morning.
Deer Valley Resort spokeswoman Emily Summers has said previously that the resort cannot comment on pending legal matters. Dr Sanderson’s lawsuit against Paltrow also includes the resort as a defendant.