SALT LAKE CITY – Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued for more than $3 million over a skiing accident that happened in 2016.
The lawsuit filed in a Utah court Tuesday described it as a “hit-and-run ski crash.”
Retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, 72, accuses Paltrow of skiing “out of control” and struck him between his shoulder blades on a beginner run at Deer Valley Resort.
According to the lawsuit, Sanderson suffered a brain injury, four broken ribs, and other serious injuries. He accuses Paltrow of getting up and leaving the scene after the incident.
Sanderson said the reason it has taken him so long to file the lawsuit is that he dragged his feet, ran into problems with previous attorneys and was trying to recuperate after suffering from a concussion.
Denying he is suing because Paltrow is a rich and famous celebrity, Sanderson said, “I would like my truth to be told.”
Paltrow denied the claim through her spokeswoman who said in an emailed statement: “This lawsuit is without merit and we expect to be vindicated.”
Sanderson’s lawyer claims Paltrow violated the reckless skiing provision of the Summit County Code, which requires a skier to stay at the scene of a crash to make sure the other skier is ok.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)