Gwyneth Paltrow gives court testimony in ski collision case

Gwyneth Paltrow gave testimony Friday afternoon in a civil lawsuit case that stems from a collision at a Utah ski resort.
Posted at 1:23 PM, Mar 24, 2023

A Utah jury heard from Gwyneth Paltrow on Friday in a civil trial stemming from a collision at a ski area. 

The court took a recess until 9 a.m. local time on Monday morning after hearing occasionally tense testimony from Paltrow, who took the stand to give her account of what happened that day. 

Terry Sanderson, 76, is suing Paltrow for $300,000 in damages, claiming she crashed into him on the slopes at Deer Valley Resort in 2016. 

The case involves, in large part, a "he said, she said" scenario where Sanderson claims serious injuries were sustained by an alleged collision between the two. Paltrow says she was not seriously injured and denies the story that Sanderson has given. 

Sanderson alleges he sustained a brain injury and four broken ribs. 

Paltrow is counter-suing Sanderson, claiming he ran into her. While Paltrow said she did not suffer any major injuries in the collision, she said that she ended her day of skiing after the crash even though she paid for a full day pass. 

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow looks on as she sits in a Utah courtroom.

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow being sued for a ski accident?

Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued over a collision at a Utah ski resort. The actress is countersuing, claiming she wasn't at fault.


Paltrow is seeking $1 in damages for her counterclaim plus attorneys fees which, as was brought up in trial, could reach a substantial amount of money. Judge Ashley Willcott wrote an opinion piece for Court TV in which she noted that the $1 figure is to make a point rather than collect money. Sanderson's attorney brought up her request for attorney's fees, signaling an attempt to push back on the narrative that she is only collecting $1. 

Paltrow appeared to counter that idea by saying the money would only be to reimburse the attorneys, claiming the accident was not her fault and signaling that the parties are not in court by any of her doing. 

The trial is expected to go into an additional week after the Friday recess. The first three days included testimony from Sanderson's doctor and his daughter. They addressed Sanderson's alleged injuries from the crash. 

Paltrow's lawyers have attempted to poke holes in Sanderson's story, claiming he is trying to exploit Paltrow because she is a successful actress. 

No criminal charges were ever filed in the incident. 

Court TV has gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial