Gwyneth Paltrow's alleged stalker found not guilty
A man accused of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow has been found not guilty
A man accused of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow has been found not guilty.
Gwyneth Paltrow. Pic/Santa Banta
The Oscar-winning actress appeared in a court in Los Angeles earlier this month where she said Dante Soiu had sent her 66 letters between 2009 and 2015.
The court heard the letters described Soiu's intention to marry Paltrow and a pair of earrings he sent her in 2009 as a Christmas gift.
Several letters allegedly contained pornography and statements that Soiu wanted to cleanse Paltrow of sin.
But on Wednesday, jurors found him not guilty on all charges and there was reportedly no recommendation that he be hospitalised for psychiatric treatment.
In court, his lawyer said his client had simply written to Paltrow and that recent letters hadn't included pornography.
Paltrow was the first witness called and authenticated 48 of the letters, many of which contain religious messages and statements referencing her death.
She testified about letters and packages she received from Soiu dating to 1999, including several that allegedly contained pornography, sex toys and statements that he wanted to cleanse her of sin.One letter described Paltrow "bowing to death".
The actress said the reference was disturbing.In another, Soiu was accused of writing: "I have a goal: to marry Gwyneth Paltrow and take care of her."
"I felt very upset by it," Paltrow said. "This has been a very long and very traumatic experience already.
"At the top of another letter, Soiu was accused of writing: "I am sorry I hurt you. Please forgive me."Paltrow said she recognised Soiu's handwriting after having received so much correspondence from him.
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 allegedly sending Paltrow new correspondence.