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Gwyneth Paltrow's long-awaited ski accident trial has dropped bombshells and “blood-curdling” testimony.
The actress is suing a Utah ski resort for a 2016 crash that left her with a concussion and a broken arm. On Monday, Paltrow took the stand in Salt Lake City and gave her first public account of the incident.
Paltrow described a “blood-curdling” experience, recalling how she felt a “sharp pain” and “wasn't sure if I had been hit by a rock or a tree” as she fell. She also noted that the slope was “very steep,” and that she didn't know what the terrain was like when she started skiing.
The trial has also revealed new details about the accident. According to testimony from ski instructor Eric Christiansen, Paltrow was skiing “fairly fast” and “took a turn that was too sharp.” He said she then hit a tree and fell down the mountain.
The resort's attorney also argued that Paltrow was skiing above her skill level, and that she should have been more cautious.
The trial is expected to last several days, and could have far-reaching implications for ski resorts and their liability for injuries. Paltrow is seeking $3.1 million in damages, although her lawyers have not specified how much of that is for medical expenses and how much is for pain and suffering.
No matter the outcome, this case has already brought a great deal of attention to the issue of ski resort safety, and it will be interesting to see the impact of the trial on the ski industry.