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Gwyneth Paltrow, who is testifying in a trial in which a retired optometrist is suing her for allegedly crashing into him on a ski slope, was mocked for a statement she made about any loss she suffered from the accident.
Paltrow was sued by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson in 2019; he alleged she plowed into him on Flagstaff Mountain, part of the Deer Valley Resort near Park City on a beginner’s course called the Bandana Run. Sanderson claimed he suffered a “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement,” and that Paltrow “got up, turned and skied away,” leaving him “stunned, lying in the snow, seriously injured” without calling for help.
Asked at the trial about any losses she suffered from the accident, Paltrow glibly replied, “Well, we lost half a day of skiing.”
“White Chicks” star Busy Philipps and actress Jen Tullock responded on Instagram by posting Paltrow’s statement with a photo of the two women holding drinks.
Another critic referenced the “vagina candles” Paltrow’s Goop company produced, snapping, “Half a day of skiing that she will never get back! How many vagina candles did that cost her?!?!”
That was echoed by another critic, who wrote, “’Well, I lost half a day of skiing…’ —Gwyneth Paltrow 😂 I mean, this whole ‘trial’ is bat-shit crazy. Makes me kinda miss the vagina candle and the $12K vibrator.”
The “lawsuit is completely without merit … anyone who reads the facts will realize that,” a representative for Paltrow has responded to the lawsuit. Paltrow filed a countersuit, asking for $1 and the costs of her legal expenses if she won.
Paltrow has called the lawsuit — which states that Deer Valley ski instructor Eric Christiansen didn’t see the incident but blamed Sanderson for the accident and filed a false report to buttress Paltrow’s version of events — “a meritless claim” and “an attempt to exploit her celebrity and wealth.” She has stated that she “remembers what happened very clearly.”
Paltrow’s countersuit stated that Sanderson admitted he didn’t remember the incident, and that Sanderson skied downhill into her in a “full body blow.” She claimed Christiansen saw the incident, that she was angry, and that Sanderson apologized.
An acquaintance of Sanderson’s, Craig Ramon, claimed he saw the incident and Paltrow “landed right on top of him, and then she slides off to the side.” Paltrow “didn’t say a single word,” Ramon claimed, adding that she did not seek help.
Last July, Paltrow, who has made tens of millions of dollars with her lifestyle company Goop, explained the meaning behind Goop’s candle named “This Smells Like My Vagina.”
Paltrow introduced the product in 2020; it reportedly sold out within hours of being available.