In an effort to determine who was at fault, Gwyneth Paltrow and the skier she is said to have collided with were scheduled to appear in court in the US on Friday.
The Oscar-winning actress is being sued by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson for the Utah crash at the Deer Valley Resort that resulted in multiple fractured ribs and a serious head injury.
Ms. Paltrow is countersuing Mr. Sanderson, alleging that he collided with her, and she has refuted the accusations.
According to information presented in court on Friday, there may not be any alleged GoPro video evidence of Paltrow’s ski collision.
An email written by Mr. Sanderson’s daughter during the trial made reference to video of the 2016 event.
Shae Sanderson-Herath previously displayed an email to the jury in which she alluded to potential GoPro footage of the collision.
However, Ms. Sanderson-Herath testified on Friday that despite her belief at the time, she had not actually seen any such footage.
She testified in court: “I believe he mentioned there had to be GoPro video after my dad informed me about what he was experiencing, how he could not think, and that he had rung his bell.
“There was this huge blood-curdling scream,” I said. “He claimed there has to be GoPro footage since that indicates someone with a GoPro would have turned to look and filmed it.”
“I have never seen a GoPro video, and I have no idea if it even exists,” she continued. At the time, I thought there was a GoPro video, which is why I said that. I just wanted my dad to know that what happened was captured on camera for his peace of mind.
The minimum damages sought by Mr. Sanderson are £244,000, and Ms. Paltrow’s counterclaim is for $1.
The “only scenario” that could have led to Mr. Sanderson’s injuries, the court heard on Thursday, was Ms. Paltrow running into him.
I just wanted my dad to know that the incident was captured on camera so that he could rest easy. – Shae Sanderson-Herath
Dr. Richard Boehne informed the jury through video testimony that Mr. Sanderson had given the actress a “cushion” when she fell.
“You would have to choose Ms Paltrow hitting Mr Sanderson from behind and collapsing on top of him to account for the rib fractures if you were to choose between Mr Sanderson hitting Ms Paltrow or Ms Paltrow hitting Mr Sanderson,” he stated.
If you were to compare the two possible outcomes, only one of them—Ms. Paltrow running into Mr. Sanderson from behind and collapsing—would account for the application of sufficient force to break those ribs.
“To put it simply, he was like a cushion.”
The trial is still going on in Park City, Utah.