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Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared in a US court for seriously injuring a man in a ‘hit and run’ accident at a ski resort in 2016.
The American actress was sued by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, who claimed Paltrow skied “out of control” and struck him at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, reports RTE.
Mr Sanderson said Paltrow bumped him “knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries”, reports RTE.
Court proceedings are set to last eight days.
Local media reports that Paltrow is expected to testify.
Mr Sanderson is seeking $300,000 (€280,000) in damages, after his earlier claim for $3.1 million (€2.89 million) was withdrawn.
“This case involves a hit-and-run ski crash at Deer Valley, Utah, where defendant Gwyneth Paltrow skied out of control and hit the back of Terry Sanderson, another skier, who was downhill, knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries,” the original claim, filed in 2019, stated, reports RTE.
The filing also said a Deer Valley ski instructor, who was training Paltrow, saw the injured Mr. Sanderson but made no attempt to help him.
The filing claims the instructor did not send help and later accused Mr Sanderson of causing the crash in a “false report to protect his client,” reports RTE.
Mr Sanderson previously said he waited nearly three years to file the lawsuit because he was having trouble with lawyers and was unable to work properly due to his injury.
Paltrow later filed a counterclaim, claiming that Mr. Sanderson punched her and delivered a full “body blow.”
The actress’s statement states that she was shocked by the collision and stopped skiing with her family for the day.
It added that Mr. Sanderson apologized to her and said he was fine.
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