Gwyneth Paltrow Testifies In Court Against Alleged Stalker Dante Michael Soiu
Gwyneth Paltrow took the stand to testify in court against Dante Michael Soiu, her alleged longtime stalker.
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Paltrow testified for nearly three hours in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday. During the course of her testimony, Paltrow read excerpts from 66 letters that Soiu had sent to her over six years, spanning 2009 to 2015, reported CBS News.
From one letter, Paltrow read, “I am not pursuing you. I am simply loving you.”
While reading the letters, the Oscar-winning actress choked up with emotion and teared. “The content of Soui’s letters was very, very scary to me — very disturbing to me,” Paltrow explained.
Soiu initially stalked Paltrow back in 2001, and as a result, he was committed to a mental hospital. Soiu was released in 2007, and allegedly picked up his stalking habits just two years later.
“Ms. Paltrow’s sense of security has been shattered by this man,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall. “She lives in fear for her safety and now fear for her two children’s safety.”
Soiu’s lawyer countered in court that her client’s letters were merely ramblings of a religious nature that pose no threat to Paltrow. The attorney, Lynda Westlund, argued that Soiu’s more recent letters are innocuous compared to those he had sent Paltrow more than a decade ago.
A jury will determine whether or not the stalking charge will stick.
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