Opening statements begin in Gwyneth Paltrow stalking trial

LOS ANGELES -- Opening statements have begun in the trial of a man accused of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow.

A prosecutor says Dante Soiu has stalked Paltrow for 17 years and sent her 66 letters between 2009 and 2015.

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Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall said Monday that Soiu has shattered Paltrow's sense of security.

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 sending Paltrow new correspondence.

Soiu, who is from Ohio, has pleaded not guilty. He shook his head during portions of Segall's opening statement.

His lawyer says Soiu has simply written letters to Paltrow and is a Christian man who is trying to minister to the actress.



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