Gwyneth Sued Over Alleged Ski Slope 'Hit and Run'

Man says Paltrow ran into him, left scene of crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2019 5:40 PM CST
Lawsuit: Gwyneth Crashed Into Me on Ski Slope
Dr. Terry Sanderson talks with media during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 after Sanderson had a ski accident with actress Gwyneth Paltrow at Deer Valley Ski Resort in 2016.   (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)

A Utah man filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing actress Gwyneth Paltrow of seriously injuring him during a ski crash at a Park City resort in 2016, the AP reports. Retired doctor Terry Sanderson said in the lawsuit that Paltrow was skiing out of control and smashed into him from behind, leaving him with a concussion and four broken ribs. The alleged incident occurred Feb. 26, 2016, on a beginner run at Deer Valley Resort. Paltrow denied the claims through spokeswoman Heather Wilson, who said in a statement: "This lawsuit is without merit and we expect to be vindicated." Sanderson's lawsuit claims Paltrow left him injured on the mountain and didn't send for help. A Deer Valley ski instructor skiing with Paltrow and her family and friends filed a false incident report saying Paltrow didn't cause the crash, the lawsuit alleges.

Deer Valley Resort spokeswoman Emily Summers said the resort can't comment on pending legal matters. The resort is also being sued. Sanderson said at a news conference in Salt Lake City that it took him nearly three years to file a lawsuit because he dragged his feet, ran into problems with previous attorneys, and was unable to function properly because of the concussion. He said he has been in contact with an attorney representing Paltrow, but he has never been offered compensation or an apology. They have even suggested he could be sued, Sanderson said. Sanderson's lawsuit seeks $3.1 million in damages, but he denies he's suing because Paltrow is a rich celebrity. He called it an unkind gesture not to stick around or ever apologize for what happened. "I would like to be vindicated," said Sanderson, now 72. "I would like my truth to be told." (This woman says Paltrow saved her life on 9/11.)

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