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Actor and founder of lifestyle brand Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow has won her civil court case against Terry Sanderson in Utah for a ski collision that occurred seven years ago. The trial, spanning eight days, made international headlines and attracted attention on social media.

Retired optometrist Dr Sanderson sued Paltrow for $300,000, alleging she recklessly skied into his back at Deer Valley Resort in 2016. Sanderson said the incident caused him several broken ribs, lasting brain damage and affected his daily life and personal relationships.

Paltrow countersued Sanderson for a symbolic one dollar as well as her legal fees, alleging Sanderson was the one who crashed into her, causing her to lose “half a day skiing”.

After less than three hours of deliberation, the jury found in favour of Paltrow and deemed Sanderson at fault for the incident.

“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity,” Paltrow said in a statement after the verdict.

“I am pleased with the outcome, and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case,” she said.

During the trial, jurors heard from a range of medical experts, ski instructors, family members as well as Sanderson and Paltrow.

“Mr Sanderson categorically hit me on the ski slope, and that is the truth,” Paltrow told the jury.

“I was skiing, and two skis came between my skis, forcing my legs apart. And then there was a body pressing against me and there was a very strange, grunting noise,” she said.

“My brain was trying to make sense of what was happening. I thought, ‘Is this a practical joke? Is someone doing something perverted?’”

Sanderson’s version of events differed from Paltrow’s, testifying that she hit him in the back causing him to crash.

“I just remember everything was great and then I heard something I’ve never heard at a ski resort and that was a blood-curling scream,” Sanderson told the jury.

“Like somebody was out of control and going to hit a tree and was going to die,” he said.

He told the jury he felt someone crash into his back, subsequently sending him “absolutely flying”.

Sanderson’s daughter took to the stand in support of her father while Paltrow’s children, Apple and Moses Martin, had their testimonies read aloud to the jury.

Throughout the trial, Paltrow’s lawyer Stephen Owens protested against cameras being pointed directly at his client.

“Your Honour, we have a new camera pointed directly at my client right there on the right,” Owens told the judge.

“This has been a problem, for instance reporters being in front of my client’s car, going out yesterday. Cameras in her face.”

At one point, Sanderson’s lawyer Kristin Vanorman asked Paltrow if her decision to sue for one dollar was inspired by Taylor Swift’s one dollar lawsuit against a radio DJ in 2018. Paltrow testified that she was not aware of it at the time but has since learned about it.

“Are you good friends with Taylor Swift?” Vanorman asked.

“No, I would not say we’re good friends,” replied Paltrow.

“We’re friendly. I’ve taken my kids to one of her concerts before, but we don’t talk very often.”