Gwyneth Paltrow trial: Jury rules in favour of Paltrow in ski collision trial

Gwyneth Paltrow has had a jury rule in her favour in a high-profile ski collision trial in the US.

She nodded to herself as the verdict was read out in the Utah courtoom, and then at the jurors after the decision was revealed.

Paltrow had been accused by 76-year-old retired optometrist Terry Sanderson of crashing into him in a ski collision in 2016 on a Utah mountain. 

Sanderson had claimed Paltrow and her ski instructor had skied away after the incident without ensuring he'd received medical care.

In 2019, Paltrow had filed a countersuit claiming he had skied into her. The pair have now been in a legal battle for seven years.

During two hours of testimony last week, Paltrow repeated her assertion Sanderson had skied directly into her back and caused the collision. She said it had happened during on the first day of a trip to Deer Valley Resort with her then-boyfriend Brad Falchuk and her two children.

She said two skis came in between her skis and had forced her legs apart and she felt a body pressing against her back before they both crashed. She added she'd stayed on the mountain "long enough for him to say that he was OK".

Sanderson had said during his testimony that he "was skiing easy" and had been "paying attention" before the collision.

"I just remember everything was great and then I heard something I've never heard at a ski resort and that was a blood curdling scream... and then boom!

"It was like somebody was out of control and going to hit a tree and was going to die. And that's what I had until I was hit.

"I got hit in my back so hard and right at my shoulder blades and it felt like it was perfectly centered and the fists and the poles were right at the bottom of my shoulder blades, serious, serious smack and I've never been hit that hard.

"All I saw was a whole lot of snow."

He disputed suggestions he sued Paltrow to exploit her fame and wealth.

Sanderson had initially sued Paltrow for US$3.1 million dollars, but later amended his complaint and is now seeking more than US$300,000 in damages, according to court documents.

Paltrow in return had said she was seeking US$1 in damages, plus legal fees.