Gwyneth Paltrow testified in 2016 ski accident case

Gwyneth Paltrow testified in 2016 ski accident case

Gwyneth Paltrow was called to a witness stand Friday in a civil suit brought against her, where she disputed allegations that she caused an accident at Utah's Deer Valley Resort in 2016 that left a man seriously injured.

Terry Sanderson, 76, who is seeking $300,000 from Paltrow, said she slammed into him from behind in a ski collision that left him with a concussion, brain injury and four broken ribs. Paltrow alleges that Sanderson is exploiting her wealth and that he is at fault.

Paltrow and Sanderson disagree about who hit whom and who was farther up the hill at the time of the crash. Deer Valley says the person ahead or downhill has the right of way.

Paltrow was called to the stand Friday by Sanderson's attorneys after the jury heard from Sanderson's daughters, an eyewitness and medical experts.

Craig Ramon, a friend of Sanderson who was in the resort with him as part of a meetup group, appears to be the only eyewitness to the accident. He said Tuesday he was about 35 feet uphill from Sanderson at the time of the accident.

Ramon said he heard a scream and saw Paltrow slam into Sanderson from behind within a few seconds. He stopped beside them after seeing them both fall to the ground, and saying Paltrow stood back up, but Sanderson was facedown in the snow for about two minutes.

Ramon said Paltrow did not speak to them and left about four minutes after the accident without identifying herself or asking if Sanderson was alright or needed medical attention.

Ramon denied claims from Paltrow's attorneys that a ski patroller came by the scene of the accident, and told the court he flagged ski patrol after he and Sanderson tried to continue to ski downhill. Ramon asked for help to get Sanderson to the resort's nurse's station, because Sanderson was clearly not OK.

Paltrow's attorneys are expected to take up her defense next week, after Sanderson's attorneys rest their case.