Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued for $3.1 million for allegedly crashing into a 70-year-old man while skiing at Deer Valley, Utah. The suit claims that Paltrow was out of control when she came from behind, “knocking him down, landing on top of him, and causing him to suffer a concussion, brain injury, and four broken ribs.”
Terry Sanderson, the man behind the lawsuit, claims that he heard her coming. He “heard this just hysterical screaming like… King Kong in the jungle or something,” he said. “You hear whoops of joy and delight but this was just absolutely hysterical and it was so close behind me that I knew something bad was going to happen.”
Sanderson claims that as a result of the accident that occurred February of 2016, he has suffered physical and mental injuries including pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement, as well as anxiety, depression and other health problems.
Sanderson’s lawyers allege that after the crash, Paltrow simply picked herself up, dusted herself off, and took off down the mountain. Paltrow “skied out of control and hit him in the back,” the suit says before going on to accuse her of “getting up, [she] turned and skied away, leaving Sanderson stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured.”
Late Show host Stephen Colbert recently weighed in on the lawsuit:
Sanderson’s not just suing Paltrow for her part in the crash. He’s also got Deer Valley Resort Company and a ski instructor named Eric Christiansen in his sights. Christianson was apparently with Paltrow at the time of the accident and allegedly yelled as Sanderson while he was lying on the ground before filing an inaccurate report.
When asked how a seemingly average skiing accident could cause the type of severe injuries he sustained, Sanderson told reporters that he had an idea: “I think velocity explains [it],” he said. “A little bitty bullet can make a big hole.”
Noora Raj Brown, SVP of Communications for Paltrow’s company GOOP, told CNN that “lawsuit is completely without merit. Anyone who reads the facts will realize that.”