A jury decided on Thursday that Gwyneth Paltrow is not responsible for a mishap that occurred on a posh US ski slope, rejecting the claim of a retired optometrist.
Terry Sanderson, 76, demanded that the celebrity pay him $3.3 million after claiming that he sustained long-lasting psychological harm and four broken ribs as a result of a collision with her in Utah.
Paltrow filed a counterclaim for a nominal $1.
After an eight-day civil trial, the jurors in Park City unanimously agreed with the actress from “Shakespeare in Love” that she was not to blame for the 2016 crash—a stance she had upheld the entire time.
“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity,” Paltrow, 50, said after the verdict.
“I am pleased with the outcome,” she added.
The live-streamed hearing made news all over the world, became a trending topic on social media, inspired memes, and possibly unwittingly turned the attorneys involved into celebrities.
Every day, the Academy Award recipient attended court and paid close attention to the testimony of all parties, including Sanderson, who claimed that she had run into him so hard that he flew into the air.
“I got hit in my back so hard and it was right at my shoulder blades, a serious, serious smack. I’ve never been hit that hard, and I’m flying,” he told the jury earlier.
“Last thing I remember, everything was black.”
The plaintiff claimed that the collision, which occurred at the upscale Deer Valley resort, had permanently altered his personality and caused irreversible brain damage, making it impossible for him to appreciate life.