Gwyneth Paltrow may have had an eventful weekend at the Super Bowl, but it was back to business Monday, when she returned to Los Angeles to testify against her accused stalker in court.
The 43-year-old actress took the stand in minimal makeup and a white turtleneck to testify against Dante Soiu, a 66-year-old Columbus, Ohio native accused of stalking Paltrow for the last 17 years.
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This is the second time the actress has testified against Soiu, though this testimony related specifically to new correspondence Paltrow received from her alleged stalker, which reportedly included messages announcing his intention to marry her, references to her death, pornography, song lyrics and unsolicited gifts. Soiu was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2000 in a trial about messages he sent to the actress and was sent to a mental institution, but was rearrested last year after allegedly contacting the actress once again.
Part of Paltrow’s testimony included identifying and reading aloud some of the messages she had received from Soiu, which included some addressed to the actress’ ex-husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin. "To the person who is doing it all wrong,” the alleged stalker reportedly wrote, “you need to turn around and do it right."
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The actress got emotional at one point during her testimony, while identifying an email she had written to her security team after reportedly recognizing Soiu’s handwriting on a letter she found in her home. Paltrow said she panicked and threw the letter away because she didn’t want her children, 11-year-old Apple and 9-year-old Moses, to see it. She got choked up explaining that she fears for her kids’ safety.
Soiu has plead not guilty in the case and his defense team admits that their client sent letters to Paltrow, but denies that the correspondence was threatening or pornographic. Soiu’s lawyers told ET that their client is very religious and his letters to Paltrow were taken out of context.
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