An Emotional Gwyneth Paltrow Testifies Against An Alleged Stalker Of 17 Years, Highlight Hollywood News

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Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow testified Monday in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he sent her upsetting letters discussing his intention to marry her, her death, pornography and even sent unsolicited gifts.  Dante Soiu is accused of stalking the Oscar-winning actress for 17 years, but the case focuses on the most recent batch of 66 messages he’s sent her between 2009 and 2015.

Paltrow was the first witness called and authenticated 48 of the letters, many of which contain religious messages and statements referencing Paltrow’s death.  These are often key signs for paranoid schizophrenia, an obsession with religion.

The actress broke down briefly Monday afternoon when a prosecutor asked Paltrow about whether she feared for her children’s safety as a result of Soiu’s missives.
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“Yes,” Paltrow responded tearfully. She quickly regained her composure and explained why she was so rattled by Soiu.

“I’m scared because the communications completely defy logic,” she said. “I’ve been dealing with this — for 17 years with the communications from this man.”

In one of the recent packages Soiu sent Paltrow, he included clothes he wanted her to wear.

His lawyer said Soiu has simply written letters to Paltrow, and that recent letters haven’t included pornography. Attorney Lynda Westlund said Soiu is a Christian man who is just trying to minister to the actress.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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