Actress Gwyneth Paltrow testified in a Park City, Utah courtroom on Friday, denying responsibility for a 2016 skiing collision with Terry Sanderson, a 76-year-old retired optometrist.
Paltrow claims Sanderson crashed into her from behind at the Deer Valley Resort.
At the same time, Sanderson alleges the actress caused him serious injuries, including a brain injury and four broken ribs, and abandoned him after the accident.
During her testimony, Paltrow recounted skiing with her two children, now-husband Brad Falchuk, and his two children and stated that Sanderson had struck her in the back.
Sanderson’s legal team focused on the consequences of the accident, including Sanderson’s deteriorating health and strained relationships.
Paltrow’s attorneys cast doubt on Sanderson’s medical experts and suggested the lawsuit might be an attempt to exploit her celebrity status.
Initially, Sanderson sought $3.1 million in damages, but after a judge dismissed some of his claims, he now seeks $300,000.
Paltrow filed a countersuit, asking for $1 in damages and coverage of legal costs.
The trial continues next week, with Paltrow’s team expected to call medical experts, ski instructors, and her children, Moses and Apple, to the stand.