Gwyneth Paltrow trial – live: Terry Sanderson boasted he was ‘famous’ after ski collision, court hears


Gwyneth Paltrow’s lawyer complains after actress is photographed in court

Gwyneth Paltrow’s skiing collision trial entered its third day on Thursday.

The Hollywood star and Goop CEO has been accused of crashing into Terry Sanderson, 76, on a ski slope at the Deer Valley resort in Park City in February 2016.

Mr Sanderson claims Paltrow slammed into him in a “full body hit” leaving him with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement”. Meanwhile, Paltrow claims it was Ms Sanderson who crashed into her — and that he was cognizant enough following the crash to send an email to her daughter claiming that he was “famous.”

On the third day of trial in Park City, Utah, psycho-neurologist Dr Alina Fong hit out at the defence’s claims that Mr Sanderson was exaggerating his symptoms to exploit Ms Paltrow’s celebrity status and wealth.

Fong, who opened a clinic in Boston in partnership with Tom Brady, has diagnosed Mr Sanderson with PCS (persistent post-concussive symptoms), which she said happened after the accident.

Experts hired by Ms Paltrow have yet to testify, but when asked about their scepticism about Mr Sanderson’s PCS diagnosis, Dr Fong said that she believed she was the only expert who could make that call. Previously, Ms Paltrow’s attorneys said during opening arguments that Mr Sanderson’s claims were “utter BS.”

“There’s a huge difference between going over someone’s chart in another state or across the world and having that patient in front of me crying,” Dr Fong said in a deposition shown to the jury. “I think it’s very easy to criticise someone from far away and it’s totally different when you’re in the trenches with that patient, trying to get them help.”

She added: “They have a lot of opinions and it just shows that they’re not concussion experts, specifically traumatic brain injury experts and If I’m being completely honest, a lot of their opinions are easily refutable by just going online and looking at the CDC’s recommendations for clinicians on how to treat concussions.”

Mr Sanderson is seeking $300,000 from Paltrow while she is seeking $1 in damages and for her legal fees to be covered.


Gwyneth Paltrow to testify alongside her children and Brad Falchuk at Utah ski crash trial

Mr Sanderson’s attorneys said they plan to call Paltrow to the stand to testify on Friday.

Paltrow’s husband, Brad Falchuk, and her two children 18-year-old Apple and 16-year-old Moses are also expected to testify.

The actor’s lawyer Stephen Owens described the members of Paltrow’s family as being a part of her skiing group when the incident took place on 26 February 2016.

“She, Brad, now her husband who you’re going to hear from, her daughter Apple, who you’re going to hear from, Moses, who you’re gonna hear from,” he said.

Andrea Blanco24 March 2023 05:00


ICYMI: Why is Gwyneth Paltrow in court?

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s day on the slopes in Park City, Utah was cut short seven years ago when she had to take some time to rest after she collided with another person coming down the hill.

She’s now taking part in a civil trial that began on Tuesday (21 March).

As she was climbing the hill on 26 February 2016, another skier slammed into her from behind. She suffered minor injuries, for which she says the man apologized immediately. She adds in her legal filing that she was “shaken and upset”.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander had more:

Andrea Blanco24 March 2023 04:00


Gwyneth Paltrow’s security team offers to bring ‘treats’ for bailiffs at ski collision trial

Gwyneth Paltrow’s security team offered to bring “treats” to the bailiffs in the Utah courtroom where she is standing trial.

The Hollywood star and Goop CEO is being sued by retired optometrist Dr Terry Sanderson, 76, who claims she ploughed into him on the slopes of Flagstaff Mountain at the Deer Valley Resort on 26 February 2016.

The Independent has more:

Andrea Blanco24 March 2023 03:00


Gwyneth Paltrow responds to backlash over viral wellness routine and diet: ‘I eat full meals’

Gwyneth Paltrow has responded to the backlash over her now-viral wellness routine and daily diet.

The 50-year-old took to her Instagram last week to address how she felt about the criticism during a Q&A session, after her episode on Dr Will Cole’s The Art of Being Well podcast, where she opened up about her “intermittent fast” routine.

The Independent’s Amber Raiken has more:

Andrea Blanco24 March 2023 02:00


Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash caused Terry Sanderson to ‘lose his love of life’

Day three of the civil lawsuit began with a video deposition from neuropsychologist Dr Alina Fong.

Dr Fong said that when she first met Mr Sanderson in 2017, he had presented “a myriad” of symptoms indicative of having suffered a concussion.

She said: “According to Terry’s report, these were quite significantly affecting his life. It was affecting his personal life, his relationships.

“It affected him on so many levels, especially for someone who was used to loving life… by the time he came to me that was pretty much gone.”

Dr Fong challenged the opinions of other medical experts employed by Ms Paltrow’s defence, adding: “This has completely changed his life physically, emotionally, biologically – and he has been affected in all those domains.”

Andrea Blanco24 March 2023 01:14


Court dismissed for the day

Dr Boehme’s testimony was the final act of the day in court, with the judge dismissing the jury around 7:00pm EST. Paltrow herself and other family members could reportedly take the stand tomorrow.

Abe Asher23 March 2023 23:24


Boehme says Sanderson is considered to have a “permanent” brain injury

Given that Mr Sanderson’s brain injury has lasted more than 18 months, Dr Boehme said his traumatic brain injury (TBI) would be considered permanent.

Dr Boehme declined to comment on the severity of the TBI given the limited scope of his treatment of Mr Sanderson, but said the fact that he was still exhibiting symptoms when he evaluated him six years after the collision makes the chronic conditions of the injuries clear.

Abe Asher23 March 2023 23:03


Boehme says Sanderson exhibited symptoms of concussion

Dr Boehme, in his video testimony on Thursday, said that Mr Sanderson did appear to exhibit classic symptoms of concussion following the skiing collision and did not appear to be embellishing his symptoms in any way when he interviewed him.

“It didn’t appear that way to me, no,” Dr Boehme said.

Abe Asher23 March 2023 22:50


Expert neurologist Richard Boehme takes the stand

Dr Boehme, who interviewed Mr Sanderson, testified over video on Thursday that Mr Sanderson did not have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The expert also said he believed there was indeed an element of unconsciousness after the 2016 skiing collision, as an incident report stated Mr Sanderson was “mildly disoriented.”

Andrea Blanco23 March 2023 22:04


Gwyneth Paltrow trial continues in Utah, court takes short recess


Andrea Blanco23 March 2023 21:29