Gwyneth Paltrow may have emerged victorious fighting the lawsuit lodged against her by Terry Sanderson for a 2016 skiing collision, but it didn’t all go according to plan.
The Goop founder, 50, was awarded the symbolic $1 she filed her lawsuit for, however, the stipulation that maintained she would also be recouping her attorney’s fees has been dropped.
According to AP, a statement released on Saturday by a Utah judge revealed that the lawyers for both sides had agreed to drop the matter of her attorney’s fees, although no reason has been provided.
The judgment did maintain though that the plaintiff in this matter (Terry Sanderson) was found to be “100% at fault” after a seven-day trial by the jury, and that he would not be appealing the verdict.
Neither side has disclosed how much went into legal fees for the protracted battle, which first began in 2019 with a dropped lawsuit that had originally been filed against Gwyneth for $3 million.
Gwyneth found herself in the midst of a legal battle after being sued by the 76-year-old doctor for allegedly crashing into him on the slopes in 2016 and leaving him injured. The Goop founder, in turn, filed a countersuit, claiming that Terry was the one who ran into her.
The Iron Man star’s case first made headlines in January 2019 when Terry filed a lawsuit against her, claiming that Gwyneth injured him and fled the scene in Deer Valley, Utah three years prior.
Court documents stated: “Gwyneth Paltrow skied out of control and hit the back of Terry Sanderson, another skier, who was downhill, knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs, and other serious injuries.” The case eventually went to trial in March 2023.
In an Instagram story, the actress said she was happy with the outcome: “I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity. 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.”
Gwyneth’s children, Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, whom she shares with ex-husband Chris Martin, stepped forward to support their mother during the trial.
Moses, who witnessed the collision, recalled seeing it happen while skiing alongside his instructor. In his deposition, which was read to the jury by one of Gwyneth’s legal team members, he said: “I recognized the equipment she was wearing because I know what she wears when she skis and then I realized it was my mom.
“So I was standing around and I realized it was my mother. When I skied over, I heard my mom yelling at the guy. She was saying something along the lines of, ‘What the F-word? You just ran into me.'”
Apple, on the other hand, didn’t see the accident but heard a commotion shortly after.
Check out more photos of Gwyneth in the midst of her trial and with her family below.