Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow has denied causing a skiing accident in 2016. The 50-year-old Oscar winner, who is currently on trial in a court in the US state of Utah for the accident, said according to US media on Friday (local time) that the plaintiff had "skied right into my back". .
Paltrow went on to say she was confused and initially feared the encounter was a prank or sexual in nature. "I was skiing and two skis got between my skis and pushed my legs apart. And then a body was pushing against me. And I heard a very strange grunting sound." It was a bizarre incident: "I was frozen and a few seconds later I got very angry," she added.
The skier had already filed a lawsuit against the US actress in 2019. Paltrow was skiing "out of control" on a slope and injured him in a collision, the plaintiff, who is now 76 years old according to US media, claimed in court documents. The incident happened in the Deer Valley ski area in Utah.
The plaintiff, who reported, among other things, of broken ribs and a brain injury, had initially demanded more than three million US dollars in damages. A judge has since dismissed some of the allegations and reduced the potential compensation claim to $300,000.
Scenes from the courtroom
During Paltrow's testimony, an attorney for the plaintiff suggested that the actress and her client re-enact the accident scene. But the judge granted an objection. So the attorney walked around the courtroom trying to recreate the accident.
Paltrow's statement ("Shakespeare in Love", "Avengers: Endgame") was broadcast live. The process is expected to take about a week, US media reported. Paltrow's children and her husband, who were present at the accident, are expected to testify in the coming week, as will the plaintiff.
Paltrow has filed a countersuit. She is demanding a dollar and reimbursement of her legal fees. Eight jurors are required to make a decision in the trial.