Gwyneth Paltrow testified in a Los Angeles courtroom today that a man has been stalking her for almost two decades — sending her deranged letters stating his intention to marry her, discussing her death, and issuing a chilling warning to use a scalpel “to cut out sin” from her body!
While Dante Soiu is accused of stalking Gwyneth for 17 years, he faces felony criminal charges in this case for sending the actress 66 letters between 2009 and 2015. He also allegedly left presents at her mother’s home, sent her sexually explicit gifts, love notes, flowers and candy.
Gwyneth, 43, testified that she has been getting sick letters from Soiu since 1999, including disgusting packages that contained pornography, sex toys and eerie statements that he wanted to cleanse her of sin.
Soiu, from Columbus, Ohio, has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer contends he is merely a fan who wrote the star letters, and as a Christian man he wants to minister to the actress.
“This is a case that has gone on for Ms. Paltrow for 17 years,” Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall said in her opening statement. “Her sense of security has been shattered by this man.”
Soiu was found not guilty by reason of insanity back in 2000 in a similar trial involving perverted messages he sent to Gwyneth. He was locked up in a mental institution for a number of years, and was re-arrested last year after once again sending the actress mash notes and ominous letters.
In the current case, Soiu is accused of sending the Oscar winner twisted religious books and forwarding letters he had already sent to President Barack Obama and fellow actress Angelina Jolie.
One grotesque missive talked about Gwyneth “bowing to death” — which the actress called very disturbing. In another, he creepily declared: “I have a goal: to marry Gwyneth Paltrow and take care of her.”
“I felt very upset by it,” Gwyneth said. “This has been a very long and very traumatic experience already.”