Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's ski crash trial continued Friday and she took the stand to testify about the incident that took place in Park City, Utah.
Gwyneth initially thought retired optometrist Terry Sanderson slammed directly into her back at the Deer Valley Resort as part of a "sexual assault" or "practical joke.”
She testified that "two skis came between my skis, forcing my legs apart. And then there was a body pressing against me. And there was a very strange grunting noise." She added that she "absolutely froze as my brain was trying to make sense of what was happening."
Gwyneth quickly realized it wasn’t a sexual assault. The two tumbled to the ground, and that she was "very angry" afterward and let loose a string of profanity at the man, which she apologized for on the stand.
However, the man’s attorneys say it was Gwyneth who skiied into their client, who broke 4 ribs and ended up suing Paltrow for $3 million plus, which he has since amended to $300,000. Paltrow has countersued, for $1 and legal fees.
Gwyneth insisted in her testimony that it wasn't a hit-and-run accident, and that she'd stuck around "long enough for him to say that he was OK" and stand up. Her ski instructor stayed behind with the man after she left.
The trial is set to resume today. Gwyneth’s lawyers may once again call her to the stand, as well as ski instructors, medical experts, and her 2 children who were with her on the family ski trip.
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