An Ohio man accused of stalking actress Gwyneth Paltrow for 17 years, who spent a few years in a mental institution in connection with a previous stalking case involving the Oscar winner, has been acquitted. ABC News reports that the jury issued its verdict Wednesday in the case against Dante Soiu, 66.
Paltrow testified during the trial that she became fearful after Soiu began writing to her again. In the earlier case, in which Soiu was found not guilty by reason if insanity, he reportedly sent lewd messages and sex toys. But this time around the focus of his outreach was apparently less sexual.
“One letter described Paltrow ‘bowing to death,’ a reference the actress found disturbing. In another, Soiu wrote: ‘I have a goal: to marry Gwyneth Paltrow and take care of her,'” ABC News reports.
Soiu testified during the trial that he is a born-again Christian and that he thought he had an agreement with Paltrow’s attorney to send correspondence to the actress.
The ABC News report adds: “Jury foreman Ryan Austin said jurors found Paltrow and Soiu were credible witnesses, but the panel ultimately had doubts that Soiu intended to frighten the actress. He said the jury thought Soiu’s conduct was reprehensible, especially in light of the previous pornographic messages to the actress, but didn’t amount to felony stalking.”