(CNN) — A Utah jury found Gwyneth Paltrow not liable in a 2016 ski collision case. The actress was also successful in her countersuit.
Terry Sanderson, a retired optometrist, is suing Paltrow, an Oscar-winning actress and founder and CEO of Goop, for lasting injuries she says she sustained when the two collided at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, more than seven years ago. .
The jury deliberated this Thursday for a little over two hours before issuing its verdict in favor of Paltrow, who declared that it was Sanderson who hit her from behind while skiing as she was going down the slope.
The trial began on March 21.
Sanderson’s attorney asked the jury Thursday to consider his client’s brain injury and life expectancy, suggesting the jury award Sanderson $3.2 million.
Sanderson’s complaint alleges that his damages were in excess of $300,000.
Paltrow testified last week that Sanderson skied into her. She asked for and received $1 in damages, plus attorneys’ fees in her counterclaim.
In closing arguments, Sanderson’s attorney, Robert Sykes, rejected claims that Sanderson seeks fame and attention.
That day, he said, Sanderson “never came home the same.”
“A part of him will always be on that mountain,” he said. “We hope he will help bring Terry home from that mountain with a fair verdict by today.”
Meanwhile, Paltrow’s attorney, Steve Owens, stated in closing that for Paltrow, it’s a matter of right and wrong and that it would be “easy” for Paltrow to “write a check and be done with it,” but said that would be “wrong.” “.
“It’s actually wrong that he hurt her and wants money from her,” he told the jury.
He later added: “He has a right to be here today, but he has no right to be rewarded for hurting her.”
Paltrow’s attorney, James Egan, in his closing statement, addressed comments from the opposing side, saying: “Ms. Paltrow also wants it off the mountain, but she shouldn’t be responsible for the cost of that.”
Paltrow told jurors that on the day of the accident with Sanderson, she was skiing with her two children, her now-husband Brad Falchuk and his children. The crash occurred on the first day of her trip to Deer Valley Resort, she recounted.
According to her testimony, two skis entered between hers, forcing her legs apart, and that she heard a “growling noise” when she felt a body press against her back before the two collided.
Paltrow said she did not inquire about Sanderson’s condition after they crashed, but claimed he stayed on the mountain “long enough for him to say he was okay” and get back to his feet.
During his testimony, Sanderson reiterated claims that it was Paltrow who skied into him.
“I was hit in the back very hard and right on my shoulder blades and I felt like I was perfectly centered and the fists and batons were right on the bottom of my shoulder blades, a very, very hard hit, I have never been hit so hard. Sanderson continued. “All I saw was a bunch of snow.”
Furthermore, Sanderson refuted that he was suing Paltrow to exploit her fame and wealth.
“I thought, ‘I’m not one to love celebrities,'” Sanderson said of learning that she was the skier involved in the collision.
Jurors also heard from various expert witnesses, Sanderson’s daughters, and testimony from ski resort employees. Testimony from Paltrow’s two sons, Apple and Moses Martin, were also read to the jury during the trial.