Harvey Weinstein Trial: Gigi Hadid called as a potential juror; Details Inside

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

During the jury selection process, Hadid told the Judge that she had previously met both Weinstein and potential witness Salma Hayek. According to a report by CNN, the 24-year-old model was called to Manhattan Supreme Court on January 13 along with 120 other potential jurors to serve in the trial for the disgraced Hollywood Producer.

As the NY trial opened, new sex crime charges were brought against Weinstein in California.

Molly's tweets read: "Gigi Hadid was among 120 New Yorkers summoned for jury duty this morning at Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial because mark my words, there will not be a boring moment". Just 35 were asked to return to court on Thursday for the second phase of jury selection, in which they will be asked more detailed questions about their backgrounds. I've been summoned for jury duty, ya'll. "Even if a potential juror states they can be fair and impartial, there is something called a "peremptory challenge" which allows either side to remove a certain number of jurors simply because they don't want them as a juror, as long as it is not based on a person's race, gender etc".

Hadid, who has more than 51 million Instagram followers, was mobbed by photographers as she left the courthouse and left in a black SUV.

Judge Burke asked prosecutors to respond to the defence's request, made on Friday, that the jury be sequestered for the duration of the trial.

He insists any sexual activity was consensual.

If convicted at a trial expected to last into March, Weinstein could face life in prison.

About 120 prospective jurors are being summoned to court each day. Last Tuesday, they were introduced as a group to Weinstein and were read a list of names that could come up at trial, including actresses Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron and Rosie Perez.

On 6 January, as the NY trial began, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced new sexual assault charges against Weinstein. Those charges accuse him of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another woman there on back-to-back nights in 2013, days before he walked the Oscars with his then-wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, who was pregnant at the time.

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

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