The man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 snowboarding accident has mentioned he heard a “blood-curdling scream” moments earlier than the actress collided with him.
Taking the stand for the primary time, retired optometrist Terry Sanderson described the second of affect at Deer Valley Resort, Utah.
The 76-year-old mentioned: “It takes my breath away – this is hard, I don’t like going through this scene.
“I simply bear in mind every thing was nice after which I heard one thing I’ve by no means heard at a ski resort – a blood-curdling scream after which – growth – and it was like someone was uncontrolled, hit a tree and was going to die, and that is what I heard till I used to be hit.”
He claimed earlier than this he had been “making nice soft turns” with “lots of room”.
Mr Sanderson mentioned he had “never” been in a snowboarding accident earlier than.
He mentioned he did not bear in mind talking to Ms Paltrow instantly after the crash.
He additionally claimed that he did not suppose “it was cool to collide with a celebrity” regardless of having written to his daughters hours after the crash, “I’m famous”, claiming his “head was scrambled” on the time.
Mr Sanderson is searching for damages of a minimal of $300,000 (£244,000). Paltrow has denied she precipitated the accident and is counter-suing for one greenback.
Mr Sanderson was adopted onto the stand by Deer Valley ski teacher, Eric Christiansen, who had been on the run on the time of the crash.
He was proven a reconstructive animation of the crash by Paltrow’s lawyer which featured a number of individuals on the slope.
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Mr Christiansen mentioned: “Mr Sanderson never said ‘you [Ms Paltrow] ran into me’ or anything of that nature.” The teacher additionally denied that Ms Paltrow’s son, Moses, was distracting her at time of crash.
And he insisted it was “ridiculous” declare he had been hostile in the direction of Mr Sanderson.
“Deer Valley takes their guests very seriously, and if an instructor has a confrontation with a guest, we don’t last,” he mentioned.
He mentioned Mr Sanderson had “refused help” from a ski patrol following the collision.
“If either skier had said ‘I’m hurt, I need assistance’, that would have changed everything, that would have made it so we all stayed on the scene,” he mentioned.
“If anyone is hurt, (ski) patrol will have to be called, statements will be made, patrol will assess injuries.”
Mr Christiansen firmly denied there had been a “cover up” to guard Ms Paltrow.