Gwyneth Paltrow wraps up testimony against man accused of stalking her

Feb 8, 2016 7:16 PM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has concluded her testimony against a man charged with stalking her.

The actress spent roughly two-and-a-half hours Monday testifying at the stalking trial of Dante Soiu (Soy-YOU), who is accused of sending Paltrow 66 letters in recent years.

Soiu's attorney Lynda Westlund questioned whether Paltrow had read all the letters and knew what was in them. Paltrow conceded that she hadn't read all the letters purportedly sent by Dante Soiu, but she knew generally about them and was concerned about them.

Paltrow testified Monday the letters contained vague threats and religious statements.

Westlund contended Paltrow misinterpreted certain passages of scripture and theology in Soiu's writings.

Soiu has pleaded not guilty to stalking Paltrow. The Oscar-winning actress previously testified that she felt afraid for her safety and her children's safety based on Soiu's letters, which contained statements about marrying her, her death, and religious pronouncements.

Paltrow let out a sigh of relief when she was excused as a witness.

Paltrow previously testified against Soiu in 2000 in a case that ended with him being found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to a mental institution.

The 43-year-old Oscar winner had remained composed throughout most of her testimony, but the question about fears for her children caused Paltrow to break down. She quickly regained her composure and went on to say she was afraid of Soiu, who over the years has sent a variety of messages, ranging from religious to pornographic.

One of his recent packages included clothes he wanted the actress to wear.

Attorney Lynda Westlund says Soiu is a Christian man who is simply trying to minister to the actress.


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