Gwyneth Paltrow breaks down as she testifies against stalker
Gwyneth Paltrow broke down into tears Monday as she testified against Dante Soiu, a stalker who 17 years ago began sending the actress letters and packages containing everything from pornography and sex toys to religious books, earrings and second-hand clothes.
One letter referred to Paltrow “bowing to death.” Another read, “I have a goal: to marry Gwyneth Paltrow and take care of her.”
Soiu, who is from Columbus, Ohio, spent years in a mental institution for his lewd notes to the Oscar winner in 1999 and 2000. That wasn’t enough to make him stop, though. The Mortdecai star continued to receive letters after a hiatus in 2009.
“I felt very upset by it. It defied logic, and I found it very, very upsetting,” Paltrow said, according to the Associated Press. “This was something I had been through a very long and traumatic experience with already,” the best actress winner added as she wiped tears from her eyes.
When a prosecutor asked if Paltrow feared for her or her children’s safety, she responded with a tearful “yes.”
“This is a case that has gone on for Ms. Paltrow for 17 years,” Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall said during opening statements. “Her sense of security has been shattered by this man.”