The retired optometrist filing the suit, 72-year-old Terry Sanderson, said in a news conference that he was "enjoying the day" at Deer Valley Ski Resort when he "heard this hysterical scream like you never hear on a ski run."
Added Sanderson, "Never have I heard it in my life...like King Kong came out of the jungle or something.”
Paltrow had allegedly “skied out of control and hit” Sanderson in the back on a beginner slope, according to court documents obtained by KUTV. He then alleged that she “got up, turned and skied away, leaving Sanderson stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured.”
The filed complaint asserts that the crash caused Sanderson to suffer "a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries."
Paltrow maintains that the event was mischaracterised and the grievances are unfounded. A rep for the actress told Refinery29, “this lawsuit is completely without merit. Anyone who reads the facts will realise that.” Those who don't buy Sanderson's story feel he's simply looking to use Paltrow because she's wealthy.
Eric Christiansen, a ski instructor who was training the actress at the time of the event filed a report saying that it was Sanderson who caused the accident and not Paltrow, but Sanderson alleges that it was falsified. Sanderson's lawyers told KUTV that Paltrow's attorney claims Paltrow was downhill during the crash and not uphill, as Sanderson said she was. Craig Ramon, a witness to the event who had been skiing with Sanderson, sided with Sanderson in a taped interview played at the news conference.
Dr. Sanderson is asking for over $3.1 million (£2.4 million) in damages from the actress, and plans to sue the resort, Christiansen, as well as two other unnamed Deer Valley employees for not taking what he believes was the appropriate action to help him when he was injured.