Showbiz / 16-01-2020

Gigi Hadid dismissed as juror minutes after turning up to courthouse in Harvey Weinstein sex abuse trial

Gigi Hadid dismissed as juror minutes after turning up to courthouse in Harvey Weinstein sex abuse trial

Gigi Hadid won’t be a juror in the upcoming trial of Harvey Weinstein, after the model was officially dismissed on Thursday in New York City.

After telling the judge she believed she was able to remain impartial, despite meeting Salma Hayek, who may be called as a witness, she was excused 15 minutes after arriving to Manhattan Supreme Court.

Thursday marked the eighth day of jury selection ahead of the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s rape and sex abuse trial, set to begin next week.

Ahead of the selection, Gigi walked into the courthouse shortly before 9am alongside a man in a cap, wearing her hair in a bun and clutching a coffee and Hermes bag in the other hand.

On Monday Gigi, 24, was part of a pool of potential jurors and was asked by Justice James Burke to return to court on Thursday to answer further questions.

She’d earlier informed the court that she had also met Weinstein, however insisted ‘I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts’.

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However Gigi and approximately 60 other potential jurors were dismissed with the consent of both prosecution and defense teams, after her questionnaire was reviewed and it was deemed her presence may be ‘disruptive’, according to The Daily Beast.

It’s expected the final jury of 12, with six standbys, will be selected from the pool of potential jurors who have not been dismissed.

Weinstein, 67, is facing charges of rape and sexual assault after numerous allegations came to light in 2017.

The disgraced film producer, whose companies have been behind such films as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Shakespeare In Love, is charged with raping one woman in a hotel room in the New York borough in 2013, and performing a forcible sex act on the second woman in 2006.

He denies the charges and all allegations of non-consensual sex. The trial is expected to last six weeks once jury selection is completed.

Opening statements for his trial are slated to begin 22 January.

16-01-2020 09:45, source: metro, by James Foster
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