Looking serious and dressed in a khaki coat, belted cream cardigan, tan corduroy pants and gold bracelets, Gwyneth Paltrow returned to court in Park City, Utah, on Wednesday for the second day of his trial for a skiing accident in 2016.
The Oscar-winning actress was upbeat and waved to photographers as she arrived at court in an outfit almost identical to yesterday’s.
Paltrow, 50, could take the stand today, and lawyers for Terry Sanderson, 76, say they will call the actress if time permits.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived for the second day of trial in Park City, Utah, on Wednesday, dressed in a khaki coat, a belted cream cardigan, tan corduroy pants and gold bangles.
The GOOP founder and actress sent a cheery wave to the media outside the courthouse when she arrived wearing the same shoes and coat as yesterday.
Terry Sanderson, 76, sued the Oscar-winning actress in January 2019, alleging that she crashed into him and left the scene of the beginner’s race at the exclusive Deer Valley resort in Utah on February 26, 2016.
Speaking to DailyMail.com ahead of proceedings, Sanderson said he was feeling confident and was looking forward to seeing how the day unfolds.
During a dramatic day of testimony on Tuesday, the prosecution’s star witness, Craig Ramon, 48, told the court that he had seen Paltrow “beat up” his friend Sanderson before “escaping” down the mountain.
He added: ‘We were skiing down the slope and then I heard this scream. I looked up and saw this skier crash into Terry’s back.
She hit him. Very hard. She hit him square in the back. The tips of her skis come off and she falls face down, wings spread, with Gwyneth on top of him. There was about a second or two.
Terry stops, then Gwyneth slides over to the right side. She bounced off of him.
The 50-year-old Oscar winner claimed she did not hit Sanderson and was instead the victim of the accident.
During her opening statement, Paltrow’s attorney, Stephen Owens, said the star was left bruised and upset from the blow, yelling ‘what the hell?’ in Sanderson.
But Ramon said she didn’t say a word after the crash and walked away shortly after getting up, eventually ‘taking a run’ up Bandana Mountain.
He also admitted that he didn’t recognize Paltrow and only realized who she was when ski guide Eric Christensen arrived and said, ‘Your friend just took out Gwyneth Paltrow!’
He said, ‘When I got there, I was asking Terry, are you okay? His face was buried in the snow and he did not move.
Before testimony could begin Wednesday, Paltrow’s attorney complained about a new camera placement that points directly at the actress, saying it violates decorum.
The actress-turned-lifestyle influencer, whose outfit was similar to yesterday’s, sat next to her legal team in silence as the process unfolded.
‘Then Gwyneth gets up and I was asking her if she was okay. I asked her if she was alright and she just looked at me. She was on her feet, she got up pretty quickly.
Ramon said her 16-year-old son Moses and her husband, Brad Falchuk, 52, followed her down the hill, and both will testify later in the trial.
He said, ‘I was going to go down and check on her and then she shoots off, she just goes down.’ There’s a guy and a kid with Gwyneth and they stop above Terry, about 20 or 25 feet up.
“Then the adult comes over giving me a dirty look and then they both go after Gwyneth.”
Ramon described how Sanderson was unresponsive after the accident, but said Paltrow made no effort to check on him, get help or exchange contact details.
When he found out, Ramone said he tried to get Sanderson off the mountain, but said the experienced skier couldn’t perform even the most basic maneuvers, forcing them to call Ski Patrol for help.
Lawrence Buhler, Sanderson’s lead attorney, opened the trial by telling the jury: ‘Distracted skiers cause accidents. Defendant Gwyneth Paltrow knew that looking up the mountain and to the side was dangerous.
He knew that if he continued to ski like that, if he kept looking to the side, someone would be seriously injured. She knew what he was doing was dangerous and he knew it was reckless.
Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured in court yesterday) could take the stand today in a trial over a 2016 ski accident between the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer and the retired optometrist who sued her and claimed her recklessness left him with lasting injuries and brain damage.
The accident occurred on Utah’s Bandana Mountain in 2016. The ski slope where the accident occurred was shown in court Tuesday.
He added that his client suffered four broken ribs and permanent brain damage after the crash before outlining the rules of skiing, including that those participating in the sport must always yield to those below and keep their eyes forward.
Sanderson, 76, sued the Oscar-winning actress in January 2019, alleging that she crashed into him and left the scene of the beginner’s race at the exclusive Deer Valley resort in Utah on February 26, 2016.
Paltrow in a social media post the year before the accident at the Deer Valley resort in Utah. She captioned the post: ’20 years later and I still have it #justlikeridingabike’
The retired optometrist sought compensation of more than $3.1 million after the accident left him with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement.” .
However, a judge threw out her original claim and she is now suing Paltrow for $300,000. Paltrow subsequently filed a counterclaim for $1 and attorneys’ fees.
Today, on the second day of his trial, Sanderson’s lawyers said they expected to call four witnesses, including Wendell Gibby and Sam Goldstein, a radiologist and neuropsychologist.
They left the possibility that one could be Paltrow, depending on when the others who were hoping to testify in Park City arrive.
During the opening day of the trial yesterday, the court heard that Sanderson had reportedly sent his daughters a message after the incident saying “I’m famous.”
Paltrow’s attorney, Steve Owens, showed jurors an email allegedly sent by Sanderson to his daughters after the crash that included a link to a Facebook status reading “I’m famous!”
“He doesn’t post ‘I’m hurt,’ he doesn’t post confusing stuff,” Owens told the court. ‘Gwyneth was hurt by Mr Sanderson’s neglect…she is upset.
Paltrow, her husband Brad Falchuk and their children Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, will testify during their 2016 ski accident trial.
“Anyone who’s been hit is upset, she’s in pain, she’s never been to the doctor… but she shook herself here and hurt her physically.”
She said Paltrow had told her daughter that “some jerk” had bumped into her and that she had later gotten “mad” by choosing to finish skiing for the day.
Sanderson’s attorneys said they expected to call four witnesses in total on Wednesday and left open the possibility that one could be Paltrow, depending on when the other witnesses would arrive in Park City.
Gibby and Goldstein previously appeared as expert witnesses for Sanderson, who said he broke his ribs and suffered brain damage from the crash.
So far, lawyers have argued over whether Sanderson’s medical problems stemmed from the accident or were simply a byproduct of aging.
Both sides blame the other for the collision and claim they were rear-ended, based on a little-known Utah law that stipulates whoever is downhill has the right-of-way when skiing or snowboarding.