c994d02922b4f232d0dcff70499775a7084fa52a Gwyneth Paltrow emphasised that the alleged ski accident was not her fault.
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Gwyneth Paltrow emphasised that the alleged ski accident was not her fault.

Gwyneth Paltrow in ski accident trial
(AP Photo:Rick Bowmer)

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow testified on Friday from the witness stand in the civil lawsuit she faces for a ski accident in Utah, saying that while she is "sad" for her plaintiff, she is not to blame for his issues.

During the fourth day of the trial, Paltrow remarked, "I am really sad for him; it seems that he has had a very tough life, but I did not cause the accident, therefore I cannot be blamed for what happened to him afterwards.

The "Shakespeare in Love" actress is being sued for $300,000 after colliding with Terry Sanderson, a retired ophthalmologist, in 2016 when they were skiing down a slope at Deer Valley Resort in Utah (USA).

Sanderson sued Paltrow in 2019, claiming that she struck him "for irresponsible skiing" and caused him to sustain permanent brain damage, a concussion, four fractured ribs, and other injuries.

He also stated that the Oscar winner abandoned him after the accident without providing him with her name or a phone number to reach her in case he needed assistance.

According to Paltrow's account of events, which is completely different from the 76-year-old man's, she was out skiing with her family when she felt something hit her in the back and fell to the ground.

Paltrow explained that for a brief period of time she was "frozen" and believed it might be an act of sexual harassment. "My head was trying to make sense of what was happening," she stated.

This Friday, Paltrow insisted that the incident was not a "hit and run," assuring that when it was over, he waited for the man to get up and check that he was okay before leaving the area to meet again with his family.

He said, "Oh sorry, sorry, I'm sorry," as I said, "You skied right into my effing back." In court, Paltrow added that she was yelling at him.

She admitted in court, "I was pretty upset.

After Sanderson sued Paltrow in 2019 for $1 plus legal fees, Paltrow countersued Sanderson.

Others close to the plaintiff, including two of his children, have testified during the trial's opening days, stating that their father's life and personality had altered drastically as a result of the injury.

Moses and Apple, the actress's kids, who were with their mother on the day of the tragedy, as well as a few members of the Deer Valley Resort staff, are scheduled to appear in court next week.

A recreation of the events in animation will also be examined.

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