Jury Rules in Favor of Gwyneth Paltrow in Civil Trial for Ski Crash

After a week-long trial, a jury has found that Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow is not responsible for a ski crash that occurred in 2016. The civil trial was brought by a Utah man, Terry Sanderson, who alleged that Paltrow had been skiing out of control and collided with him from behind, causing him serious injuries.

Paltrow, who was skiing with her family at Deer Valley Resort in Utah at the time of the accident, had denied the allegations and maintained that the crash was entirely Sanderson’s fault. In court, she testified that she had been skiing slowly and had come to a complete stop before the collision occurred.

The jury ultimately sided with Paltrow, finding that she was not at fault for the crash. Speaking to reporters after the verdict, Paltrow expressed her relief and thanked the jury for their attention to the case.

“I am grateful to the jury for their careful consideration and for reaching the right verdict in this case,” she said. “I have always maintained that this was an unfortunate accident, and I am pleased that the jury has agreed with me.”

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks with retired optometrist Terry Sanderson as she walks out of the courtroom following the reading of the verdict Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Park City, Utah. Rick Bowmer/Pool via REUTERS

Sanderson, who had sought $3.1 million in damages from Paltrow, expressed his disappointment with the verdict but said he respected the jury’s decision.

“While I am disappointed with the outcome, I respect the legal process and the decision that the jury has reached,” he said. “My focus now is on my recovery and moving forward from this incident.”

The case drew significant media attention, with many speculating about the potential implications for celebrity liability in skiing accidents. Paltrow’s defense team argued that the case was an example of a “runaway litigiousness” that unfairly targeted celebrities, while Sanderson’s attorneys argued that Paltrow had been negligent in her skiing and had failed to take reasonable care to avoid a collision.

In the end, the jury found that Paltrow was not at fault, and the case was resolved without any damages being awarded. The verdict marks the end of a lengthy legal battle for the actress, who had faced significant scrutiny in the wake of the crash. Despite the outcome, the case is likely to continue to generate debate and discussion about the intersection of celebrity and liability in sports accidents.