The Surprising Source of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Inspiration to Countersue for $1 in Ski Crash Lawsuit

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued by Terry Sanderson, who initially demanded $3 million in damages. Sanderson claims that Paltrow negligently crashed into him at Deer Valley Resort, causing severe injuries including a concussion, a traumatic brain injury, and four broken ribs.

During the proceedings, Paltrow was asked by Sanderson’s attorney, Kristin VanOrman, if her decision to countersue in 2019 was influenced by Taylor Swift’s 2017 countersuit. Paltrow denied any awareness of Swift’s case at the time.

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Swift’s countersuit arose from an incident where former radio host David Mueller allegedly groped her at a 2013 meet-and-greet. Mueller initially sued Swift, as well as radio promotions director Frank Bell, for pressuring station KYGO to fire him. The jury found in favor of Swift, and Mueller was required to pay her one dollar in damages.

VanOrman then asked Paltrow if she had a close friendship with Swift, to which she responded that while they were not close, they were friendly. Paltrow also stated that while she had taken her children to one of Swift’s concerts, they did not communicate regularly.

When asked if she had given Swift any personal intimate gifts, Paltrow was not required to answer due to Judge Kent Holmberg’s ruling.

VanOrman suggested that Paltrow was countersuing for “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to cover her legal expenses. Paltrow clarified that she was only requesting one dollar for herself and reimbursement for her legal expenses, which she described as a separate matter. When asked if the amount of reimbursement could be substantial, Paltrow admitted that it was possible.

During her testimony, Paltrow maintained that it was Sanderson who collided with her, not the other way around. However, she did acknowledge that she had shouted at Sanderson after the crash. Paltrow explained that, as the victim of the accident, her psychology was not focused on the person who caused it. She also confirmed that she did not give Sanderson her contact information after the incident and instead relied on their family ski instructor to pass along the necessary details.

Sanderson is scheduled to testify on Monday.

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