The Latest: Gwyneth Paltrow testifies about man’s letters


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Gwyneth Paltrow has broken down describing her fears of a man who is on trial for stalking the actress.

Paltrow cried briefly when a prosecutor asked her if she was afraid of Dante Soiu and worried for her children.

The actress had a pained expression on her face for several moments while describing her feelings about Soiu, who sent Paltrow 66 messages professing his love and desire to marry her between 2009 and 2015.

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.

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12:10 p.m.

Gwyneth Paltrow has authenticated for a jury 48 letters she’s received from a man on trial for stalking her.

The Oscar-winning actress is testifying against Dante Soiu (Soy-YOU), who is currently facing a felony charge for letters he sent her between 2009 and 2015.

Soiu was previously tried for a series of pornographic messages and gifts he sent the actress, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2000.

Paltrow has read portions of several of the letters for jurors, with many containing religious messages.

Some have mentioned Soiu’s desire to marry Paltrow, cleanse of her sin and death. Paltrow says the letters have been upsetting to her.

A prosecutor says Soiu has sent Paltrow 66 letters and the actress is expected to continue going through for jurors when court resumes after its lunch break.

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11:45 a.m.

Gwyneth Paltrow has taken the stand in the trial of a man accused of stalking her.

The Oscar-winning actress testified Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom about letters that Dante Soiu (Soy-YOU) sent her between 2009 and 2015.

The letters describe Soiu’s intention to marry Paltrow and a pair of earrings he sent her in 2009 as a Christmas gift. Several letters contained pornography and statements that Soiu wanted to cleanse Paltrow of sin.

Soiu, who is from Ohio, has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer says Soiu has simply written to Paltrow and that recent letters haven’t included pornography.

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

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11:20 a.m.

Opening statements have begun in the trial of a man accused of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow.

A prosecutor says Dante Soiu (soy-YOO’) has stalked Paltrow for 17 years and sent her 66 letters between 2009 and 2015.

Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall said Monday that Soiu has shattered Paltrow’s sense of security.

Soiu was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2000 in a previous trial and was sent to a mental institution for several years. He was re-arrested last year after sending Paltrow new correspondence.

Soiu, who is from Ohio, has pleaded not guilty. He shook his head during portions of Segall’s opening statement.

His lawyer says Soiu has simply written letters to Paltrow and is a Christian man who is trying to minister to the actress.

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