Monday, 20 January, 2020


Gigi Hadid Called as Potential Juror for Harvey Weinstein Trial

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Hannah Rogers | 14 January, 2020, 15:40

During the jury selection process, Hadid told the Judge that she had previously met both Weinstein and potential witness Salma Hayek.

The 24-year-old model was called to Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, along with 120 other potential jurors, CNN reported, to serve in the trial for the disgraced film producer.

Dozens of potential jurors showed up on Monday (Jan 13) in a Manhattan courtroom for the rape trial of former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, including model Gigi Hadid.

Hadid's presence added flair to what has been a tedious jury selection process.

Last week, Hadid revealed on her Instagram Story that she had been summoned for jury duty and was "excited" at the opportunity, according to a screengrab captured by Just Jared.

"I'm not allowed to talk about jury duty", she said.

He insists any sexual activity was consensual.

Rudolph Giuliani was picked as the foreman of a civil jury while he was New York City's mayor in 1999.

Michael Bloomberg was considered for a civil case while mayor in 2007, but the current Democratic presidential candidate was ultimately sent home over fears his admittedly "strong personality" would dominate the jury.

Following her appearance, Hadid was due to fill out a questionnaire before returning later this week for further screening.

Both sides hope to deliver opening statements before the end of the month.

Burke also raised - but did not immediately issue a ruling on - a request made Friday by defense attorney Arthur Aidala last Friday to have jury selection occur without any members of the press or public present. The filmmaker is now facing life in prison over criminal charges that he raped woman in a NY hotel room in 2013, and forcibly performed oral sex on another woman in Manhattan in 2006.

Hayek, Charlize Theron and Rosie Perez are among the names mentioned to potential jurors as ones that could be mentioned during the trial, in a bid to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Since 2017, more than 80 women, including many famous actresses, have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

Weinstein is on trial for five charges of sexual assault in NY.

Weinstein has not entered a plea in the Los Angeles case, which will be tried later.

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