Man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over Utah ski crash says the collision sent him ‘flying’

The person suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 snowboarding collision at an upscale Utah resort instructed a jury Monday that the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer crashed into him from behind and despatched him “completely flying.”

“All I noticed was a complete lot of snow. And I didn’t see the sky, however I used to be flying,” mentioned Terry Sanderson, a 76-year-old retired optometrist, calling it “a severe smack.”

That’s the other of what Paltrow testified, and the jury has heard dueling narratives because the trial enters its second week. Paltrow mentioned Sanderson was uphill and hit her from behind. He’s suing her for greater than $300,000, claiming she skied recklessly and that he has everlasting mind harm from the crash that altered his persona.

On the stand Friday, Paltrow mentioned Sanderson knocked into her gently from behind however that the collision escalated as the 2 skidded down the newbie slope. She mentioned his skis veered between her legs, inflicting her to briefly panic as she heard a person groaning behind her. Paltrow was current in court docket Monday.

Sanderson recalled a screaming lady snowboarding uncontrolled and hitting him sq. within the again. Craig Ramon, one other skier who says he’s the only eyewitness to the collision, testified final week that he noticed Paltrow hit Sanderson.

No matter who hit who, either side agree the 2 then fell down and Paltrow landed on prime of Sanderson. Paltrow’s attorneys have disputed the extent of Sanderson’s accidents and post-crash disorientation, however either side say the collision resulted in Sanderson’s 4 damaged ribs and a concussion.

Sanderson was delivered to tears all through his testimony Monday, notably when he appeared unable to focus or keep in mind issues.

His authorized crew tried to current his confusion and reminiscence lapses to assist their brain-damage argument. Paltrow’s attorneys used it to undercut his reliability as a witness.

Sanderson’s testimony additionally resurfaced questions in regards to the potential {that a} GoPro helmet digicam might have documented the crash. Although no footage made it into proof for the trial, attorneys have repeatedly questioned witnesses about an electronic mail one in all his daughters despatched that mentioned: “I can also’t consider that is all on GoPro.”

That daughter, Shae Herath, testified final week that her phrases have been mere hypothesis that somebody on the upscale mountain have to be outfitted with a helmet digicam as a result of they’re a fixture at ski resorts.

Paltrow’s attorneys have continued to boost questions on what occurred to the footage that Sanderson and his relations referred to.

It turned clear Monday the doubtless explosive proof wouldn’t explode.

Decide Kent Holmberg mentioned on-line sleuths had discovered the hyperlink and that its contents can be included as proof. It didn’t comprise GoPro footage. As an alternative, it was to a chat between members of Sanderson’s ski group, during which Ramon — the person claiming to be the crash’s sole eyewitness — mentioned on the day of the crash that Paltrow had crashed into Sanderson.

“Terry was knocked out chilly. Unhealthy hit to the top!” Ramon wrote. “I did see the hit. Terry didn’t know his title.”

The alternate made clear that Ramon thought Paltrow crashed into Sanderson years earlier than any lawsuit was filed. It additionally exhibits Sanderson and people snowboarding with him knew the lady within the crash was Paltrow.

After four-and-a-half days of Sanderson’s attorneys calling witnesses, Paltrow’s protection crew has equal time to current their case. They introduced one in all her household’s 4 ski instructors to the stand Monday afternoon. Attorneys mentioned Monday that Paltrow’s two teenage kids, Moses and Apple, would have their depositions learn into the document later within the week as an alternative of showing in court docket on the witness stand.

Jurors sat transfixed as Paltrow’s attorneys performed pc animated reconstructions of how they are saying the collision occurred, with excessive sufficient decision to indicate bushes, kids’s ski coats and a number of vantage factors.

For his or her first witness, the protection known as Eric Christiansen, a mustachioed 40-year veteran ski teacher who was giving a lesson to Paltrow’s household at Deer Valley Resort the day of the collision. He mentioned he was monitoring a lot of the mountain in the course of the actual second Sanderson and Paltrow collided and didn’t see the second of influence however noticed what occurred instantly earlier than and after.

In testimony that wandered into instruction about snowboarding approach, Christiansen mentioned Paltrow was making “brief radius turns” whereas Sanderson was snowboarding down the groomed run “edge to edge” and “fairly dynamically.”

He mentioned he remembered Paltrow landed on prime of Sanderson as a result of he approached and took her skis off, then his.

“I consider you instructed me as soon as if a soccer participant takes out somebody’s legs, they’re beneath,” Paltrow’s lawyer, Steve Owens, mentioned as he requested questions in regards to the crash.

Paltrow’s attorneys plan to depose a slate of medical consultants who’re anticipated to undercut testimony from the neurologists, radiologists and psychologists employed by Sanderson’s crew.

The trial has additionally touched on the habits and hobbies of rich individuals like Sanderson and Paltrow in addition to the ability — and burden — of celeb. The sum of money at stake for either side pales compared to the standard authorized prices of a multiyear lawsuit, knowledgeable witnesses, a personal safety element and high-resolution animation.

A lot of the questioning all through the trial’s first 5 days has revolved round Sanderson’s motivation for suing Paltrow. Her attorneys have argued the lawsuit is an try by an “obsessed” man to use the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer’s wealth and celeb. Sanderson’s attorneys have tried to color Paltrow as a carefree film star who damage an getting old man and is unwilling to take accountability for the fallout.

“Nobody believed how severe my accidents have been,” mentioned Sanderson, who loved wine tasting and worldwide journey earlier than the crash. “There was a number of insults added to that singular incident.”