Actress Gwyneth Paltrow facing lawsuit after Utah skiing accident
February 13, 2019
Known for her Oscar-winning role in “Shakespeare in Love,” her Emmy-winning role in “Glee” and her lifestyle blog-turned-company, Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow has created quite the name for herself. Her name, however, isn’t enough to protect her from lawsuits.
The actress is being sued by Terry Sanderson, 72, who claims that Paltrow caused “serious brain injuries” and four broken ribs after she crashed into him at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah, in February of 2016, according to the Washinton Post.
The lawsuit describes what happened as a “hit-and-run ski crash” in which Paltrow hit Sanderson from behind, “got up, turned and skied away,” leaving Sanderson on the ground, injured.
Sanderson is also suing ski instructor Eric Christiansen, who was with Paltrow, and the ski resort for “negligent actions.” Sanderson has asked for $3.1 million.
Paltrow’s lawyers, however, claim that it was, in fact, Sanderson that collided with the actress from behind, and that Paltrow also sustained temporary injuries.
According to the Ski Safety Act, it is illegal to ski away from a collision without exchanging contact information. Additionally, ski resorts cannot be sued for personal injury, save for an employee or instructor skiing with ill manner.