Jury acquits Ohio man of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow

Associated Press

Los Angeles — A jury has acquitted an Ohio man of stalking Gwyneth Paltrow.

The verdict was announced Wednesday in the case against Dante Soiu, who was accused of sending the Oscar-winning actress 66 letters and packages in recent years.

Paltrow testified last week that she felt threatened because Soiu had been charged in a previous case in which pornographic messages and sex toys were sent to the actress in 1999 and 2000.

He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was confined to a mental institution.

Soiu testified in the current case that he wrote to Paltrow in recent years because he wanted her forgiveness for his earlier actions and still harbored a desire to marry her at the time.

Paltrow testified that Soiu’s correspondence referenced marriage and her death.