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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow On Trial For Ski Accident

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A jury ruled in favor of actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Thursday in a $300,000 negligence suit filed by a Utah man in 2019.

Terry Sanderson was determined to be “100 percent at fault” for the ski crash in 2016. He will be responsible for $1 in damages in addition to her attorney fees. The symbolic amount was what Paltrow asked for to show it wasn’t about money, and delivered her the vindication she sought when she opted to take it to trial rather than settle out of court.

Paltrow took the witness stand during the trial to claim that the collision was not her fault. She described how she was stunned when she felt “a body pressing against me and a very strange grunting noise.”

The jury’s decision marks a painful court defeat for Sanderson, the man who sued Paltrow for more than $300,000 over injuries he sustained when they crashed on the ski slope at Deer Valley Resort.

He filed an amended complaint after an earlier $3.1 million lawsuit was dismissed. In response, Paltrow countersued for $1 and attorney fees, a symbolic action that mirrors Taylor Swift’s response to a radio host’s defamation lawsuit. Taylor was awarded $1 in 2017.