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Gwyneth Paltrow sued over ski crash

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has filed a lawsuit accusing actress Gwyneth Paltrow of seriously injuring him during a crash at a Park City ski resort in 2016.

Terry Sanderson says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Utah state court that Paltrow was skiing out of control and knocked him out, leaving him with a brain injury and four broken ribs. The alleged incident occurred Feb. 26, 2016, on a beginner run at Deer Valley Resort.

A spokeswoman for actress Gwyneth Paltrow says the lawsuit accusing her of seriously injuring the man is “without merit.”

Paltrow spokeswoman Heather Wilson said Tuesday in an emailed one-sentence statement that Paltrow expects to be “vindicated.”

Deer Valley Resort spokeswoman Emily Summers said the resort can’t comment on pending legal matters. The resort is also being sued.

Sanderson says Paltrow left him injured on the mountain and didn’t send help. He says a Deer Valley ski instructor filed a false incident report saying Paltrow didn’t cause the crash.

‘Fearless Girl’ creator being sued

LEWES, Del. (AP) — The Delaware artist who created the “Fearless Girl” statue is being sued by a group that says she failed to make a 9-foot bronze replica of Alexander Hamilton.

The News Journal reports the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s lawsuit says Kristen Visbal breached a $28,000 contract to create the statue.

The lawsuit says Visbal agreed in February 2017 to create a preliminary model of the Hamilton statue. That was around one month before “Fearless Girl” appeared a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, commissioned by an asset management firm to support greater female representation on corporate boards.

The lawsuit says Visbal never delivered. The association terminated its agreement last June, demanding a refund.

The suit seeks that refund and other fees.

Visbal didn’t immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Cast member alleges homophobic attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have opened a hate crime investigation after a man the department identified as a 36-year-old cast member of the television show “Empire” alleged he was physically attacked by men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.

Police wouldn’t release the actor’s name, but a statement from the Fox studio and network on which “Empire” airs identified him Tuesday as Jussie Smollett.

A statement from Chicago police says the man said he was walking downtown about 2 a.m. Tuesday when two men approached him shouting, then struck him in the face and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him before one wrapped a rope around his neck.

Police say he was hospitalized in good condition.

By Josh Bovee

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