"I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts," Hadid told the judge.
Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial took a strangely star-studded turn Monday morning when supermodel Gigi Hadid strutted toward the State Supreme Court in Manhattan to fulfil her civic responsibilities and report for jury duty. According to Page Six, Hadid was apparently amongst 120 New Yorkers who were called into a Manhattan courthouse as potential jurors. If chosen, Hadid would help decide whether Weinstein serves a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Molly Crane-Newman, a court reporter for the New York Daily News, reported that Hadid raised her hand when Judge James Burke asked whether any of the potential jurors knew anyone on the defence or prosecution. "I have met the defendant,” she said. The Judge then asked whether she could still be impartial. “Yes,” Hadid answered without hesitating.artial. “Yes,” Hadid answered without hesitating.
The judge then apparently went on to list the names of over 80 potential witnesses as well as people who may be referenced in testimony, and asked if any potential jurors knew them — to which Hadid said she had met Salma Hayek and "possibly Ryan Beatty." However, when prompted about her impartiality again, Hadid reportedly replied, "I think I'm still able to keep an open mind on the facts."
About an hour later, after several potential jurors were dismissed from serving on the Weinstein jury for reasons such as expressing bias, a court officer asked the thinned-out room, “Who can serve and who’s willing to serve?” Hadid raised her hand and was given a questionnaire.
And that was apparently enough to convince the judge, as Hadid has been ordered to return at a later date for further selection. That date was today, January 16 where the model has reportedly been dismissed from the case.
According to Page Six, Hadid was dismissed on the eighth day of jury selection from the Manhattan Supreme Court. After appearing at the Manhattan courthouse for a few minutes, Hadid and roughly 60 other people were dismissed based on their responses to a prescreening questionnaire filled out earlier in the week.
It's believed that Hadid's celebrity status was a cause for concern for the defence, which filed a motion on Wednesday afternoon citing the media attention on her.
Opening statements for the trial are expected to begin next Wednesday, January 22.
Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and forcing oral sex on another woman in 2006. (He denies the charges; Weinstein is also facing a trial in Los Angeles, where he has been charged with forcible rape and forcible oral sex, as well as sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. The former movie mogul claims these interactions were consensual.)
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