Resort where Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly hit other skier faces claims

‘Didn’t you just wink and nod at this bad conduct?’ Resort where Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly hit another skier is accused of ‘covering up’ for the ‘big spender’ due to her fame – after instructor who made first report of crash lunched with her afterwards

  • Gwyneth Paltrow testified on the sixth day of $300,000 lawsuit against her
  • Terry Sanderson is suing her after a crash at a ski resort in Utah in 2016

The resort where Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly hit another skier ‘covered up her bad conduct’ because of her celebrity, it was claimed last night.

Attorneys for Terry Sanderson accused Deer Valley Resort in Utah of pandering to the actress because she was a ‘big spender’ who blew $8,980 (£7,300) on ski lessons for her children.

They claimed in court that the resort gave a ‘wink and a nod’ to her hitting Mr Sanderson by saying it was his fault in a report from the crash scene.

The allegations were denied by a manager for Deer Valley, and the ski instructor who was first on the scene.

Ms Paltrow appeared in court for the sixth day of the trial where Mr Sanderson is suing her for $300,000 (£240,000) for allegedly crashing into her from behind in 2016.

Gwyneth Paltrow appeared in court for the sixth day of the trial where Mr Sanderson is suing her for $300,000 (£240,000) for allegedly crashing into her from behind in 2016

The 76-year-old retired optometrist claims he suffered four broken ribs and a permanent brain injury that has dramatically changed his personality for the worse. In the courtroom Ms Paltrow, 50, wore black leather culottes, a pink blouse with an 80s-style oversized necktie and sat with her lawyers sipping green juice from a bottle.

Mr Sanderson’s lawyer Robert Sykes interrogated Steve Graff, who was ski patrol manager at the time, about how it handled the crash.

Mr Sykes asked if it ‘bothered’ Mr Graff that Eric Christiansen, who was teaching Ms Paltrow’s son Moses to ski and was first on the scene of the crash, ‘goes to lunch with one of the most famous actresses in the world and her family’ after the incident.

Mr Graff said that was ‘standard practice’ for a ski instructor.

Mr Sykes asked: ‘Did it ever occur to you that this instructor might be covering up bad conduct by Miss Paltrow, a big spender at Deer Valley?’

The court has previously heard that the bill for skiing lessons for Ms Paltrow’s children Moses and Apple came to £7,300.

‘No,’ Mr Graff responded.

Mr Sykes asked: ‘Didn’t you basically wink and nod at this bad conduct?’ When Mr Graff asked him to define that, he said that it meant ‘you see something wrong but you wink at it but ignore it’. ‘Absolutely not’, replied Mr Graff.

Mr Sykes asked why Mr Christiansen wasn’t ‘terminated for filing a false report’ which blamed Mr Sanderson as he was the uphill skier.

Mr Graff said: ‘This is his report, there’s nothing in it that’s false’.

During his earlier testimony Mr Christiansen it was ‘ridiculous’ he gave Ms Paltrow any favours.

In his report on the incident he said that Mr Sanderson was the uphill skier and was therefore at fault.

Irving Scher, a biomechanical expert, told the court that Ms Paltrow’s claim that she was hit by Mr Sanderson was ‘consistent with the law of physics’.

But the idea that Mr Sanderson was the one who was smashed into from behind didn’t meet that standard, Dr Scher said. Calculations by Mr Sanderson’s expert neurologist, Dr Richard Boehme, which supported his claims were ‘absolutely wrong’, Dr Scher told the jury.

The court was shown a short animation which showed the moment of impact as described by Ms Paltrow.

It showed Mr Sanderson hitting Ms Paltrow from the back left, the two sliding together a short distance and collapsing on the right in a ‘spooning’ position.

Mr Sanderson’s lawyers objected to inclusion of the animation because it ‘distorts reality’ but the judge allowed it in for demonstrative purposes.

Ms Paltrow is counter suing for a token $1 (81p) plus legal fees in the case which her lawyers say is ‘total BS’.

The trial is expected to continue until the end of the week.

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