Gwyneth Paltrow’s Utah ski slope test continues in Week 2

The trial over Gwyneth Paltrow’s Utah ski slope debacle ended its first week with the lifestyle guru testifying that she believed she was sexually assaulted during the 2016 encounter.

dr Terry Sanderson claims the “negligent clash” with Paltrow seven years ago at the high-end Deer Valley resort in Utah caused him brain damage.

Sanderson sued the Goop founder, and the wellness influencer hit back with a “token” $1 counterclaim.

Paltrow and Sanderson’s families have been subpoenaed to testify in the Park City courtroom.

Sanderson, who previously tried to sue Paltrow for over $3 million, is expected to comment Monday.

Paltrow’s children with ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin – Apple Martin, 18, and 16-year-old Moses Martin – are expected to testify in the coming days.

Her current husband, Brad Falchuk, is also said to be called.

The trial has made headlines, covering topics ranging from the star’s outfits to media attention to emails from Sanderson claiming he’s “famous.”

Here are the five best moments in the process so far.

Paltrow takes a stand, claims fear of sexual assault

The 50-year-old actress defiantly took the stand on Friday while dressed in black and with her long hair down.

“I was hit by Mr. Sanderson and it was his fault,” she said.

Gwyneth Paltrow testifying at her trial.
“I was hit by Mr. Sanderson and it was his fault,” Gwyneth Paltrow testified.

Paltrow skied with her children, then aged 11 and 9, and Falchuk – then her new boyfriend – and his children.

She testified that she was skiing with a ski instructor who told her after the fall that he would share Paltrow’s information with Sanderson.

Paltrow said she left the scene of the accident to be reunited with her children.

Gwyneth Paltrow.
Paltrow claimed that during the crash she thought someone was trying to sexually assault her.

Paltrow then described how she feared someone would try to sexually assault her because someone had bumped into her and was “moaning and grunting in a very disturbing way.”

“I was skiing and two skis came between my skis and pushed my legs apart and then a body pressed against me,” she told the court. “And there was a very strange grunt. So my brain tried to understand what was happening.”

“My thoughts were going very, very fast and I was trying to figure out what was happening,” she continued. She later added, “Our bodies almost spooned. And I moved away quickly.”

Sanderson: “I’m famous”

Paltrow’s attorney revealed in his opening statement Tuesday that Sanderson, 76, emailed his daughters shortly after the crash, writing, “I’m famous.”

Sanderson, a 76-year-old retired optometrist from Salt Lake City, said he suffered fractured ribs and a concussion that left him with permanent brain damage.

Terry Sanderson appears in court.
Terry Sanderson claims he suffered broken ribs and a concussion that left him with permanent brain damage.

dr  Wendell Gibby describes an MRI showing Terry Sanderson's brain.
dr Wendell Gibby describes an MRI showing Terry Sanderson’s brain.

He allegedly sent the email hours after the crash, to which one of his daughters responded that she couldn’t believe the collision “was caught on GoPro,” Paltrow attorney Steve Owens told the court.

Owens said the GoPro footage is now missing.

camera complaints

Owens complained Wednesday about the media exposure Paltrow was covering and cameras sometimes getting “in her face.”

The attorney pointed to a camera in the courtroom on Wednesday as he lamented about “a new camera pointed directly at my client.”

Paltrow shields her face with a blue notebook as she exits a courtroom on Tuesday.
Paltrow shields her face with a blue notebook as she exits the courtroom on Tuesday.

“That was a problem, for example reporters walking out in front of my client’s car yesterday. Cameras in her face,” he continued.

The judge ruled that the cameras should remain pointed at the person speaking instead.

tears in court

Sanderson became an “angry person” after the crash, and his behavior changes have affected his relationships with loved ones, including a granddaughter, his daughters testified.

Shae Sanderson Herath, his 52-year-old daughter, tearfully described how her father went from being someone “joyful of life” to “very insecure” who “wouldn’t trust his brain anymore”.

Shae Herath.
Shae Herath described how her father, Terry Sanderson, became an “angry person” after the crash.

Herath went on to describe how her father’s behavior changed so much that it transformed his relationship with her daughter, Sanderson’s granddaughter.

“She doesn’t like my father,” she said. “She doesn’t like him.”

Lawyer apologizes for being a ‘bum’

Owens apologized on Day 3 of the trial for a tense moment early in the trial when he asked Sanderson’s daughter if she believed her sister was a liar.

Polly Sanderson Grasham, another of Sanderson’s daughters, was on the witness stand when Owen repeatedly questioned her about one of her sisters’ allegations that her father was abusive.

Polly Grasham.
Paltrow’s attorney apologized to Polly Grasham for bothering her during an earlier questioning.

Grasham stopped calling her father an abusive, instead saying Sanderson “was trying tirelessly to mold her sister, Jenny.” Jenny was initially expected to testify, but ultimately declined.

Owen then asked if Grasham believed her Jenny was a liar, and the woman replied, “Sometimes we experience events differently.”

The lawyer came back after a lunch break and confirmed the brief questioning.

“I have to apologize, I was a jerk earlier,” he said. “It was wrong of me to triangulate you, your father, your sister and your mother. I ask for forgiveness.”

With Elizabeth Rosner and Ben Kessler Gwyneth Paltrow’s Utah ski slope test continues in Week 2


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

Related Articles

Back to top button