Actress Gwyneth Paltrow took the stand in her US trial over a skiing accident Friday, March 24, telling a Utah courtroom that the man suing her had crashed into her from behind and was at fault for the collision.
The “Shakespeare in Love” actress is being sued for damages by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson over a skiing accident seven years ago, which his lawyers blame on Paltrow and say caused him damages worth $3.3 million.
Paltrow has in turn countersued, for a token $1 plus legal expenses, and had her chance to speak on the trial’s fourth day at a courthouse in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Park City.
“Mr. Sanderson categorically hit me on that ski slope, and that is the truth,” said Paltrow, under cross-examination by Sanderson’s lawyer
“When he slid between my skis, I absolutely froze,” she recalled.
Asked by Sanderson’s lawyer if immediately following the incident she had screamed “You skied directly into my effing back,” Paltrow replied: “Yes I did. I apologize for my bad language.”
At question in the trial is which of the skiers was further downslope when the crash occurred.
Gwyneth Paltrow takes the stand in skiing trial