Last week, the trial began between Gwyneth Paltrow and retired optician Terry Sanderson, with whom the actor collided on a ski slope seven years ago. “I thought, ‘Is this a joke? Is somebody trying to do something perverted?’” Paltrow said of the collision in Friday’s hearing, according to the report The Guardian.
The publicized skiing accident took place in 2016 at a luxury resort in Utah, USA.
Sanderson believes Paltrow drove into him, which he says caused a brain injury and four broken ribs. He has sued Paltrow for 300,000 dollars – the equivalent of roughly three million kroner. Paltrow, on the other hand, believes that it was Sanderson who got into her. She is suing him for the symbolic sum of one dollar, plus costs.
“A body pressed against me”
During Friday’s two-hour hearing, Paltrow claimed that Sanderson bumped into her from behind — and that she initially thought it was some kind of abuse:
“I was skiing and two skis came between my skis, forced my legs apart and then there was a body pushing against me and there was a very strange, grunting sound,” Paltrow said during Friday’s two-hour hearing. “My brain was trying to understand what was happening. I thought, ‘Is this a joke?’ Is someone trying to do something perverted? It’s very, very strange’.”
According to Paltrow, she then confronted Sanderson:
“I said, ‘You went right into my fucking back and he said, ‘Oh sorry, sorry, I’m so sorry,'” Paltrow said. “I was quite upset.”
Sanderson’s lawyers instead claim that Paltrow was “out of control” on the ski slope, crashed into the retired optometrist and “knocked him down hard, knocking him unconscious and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries.”