Update 16/01/20: Gigi Hadid Dismissed As Juror From Weinstein Trial
The model arrived at a Manhattan court on Thursday wearing an oversized jacket and high-waisted trousers carrying a coffee cup. She had been required to attend court again following her visit on Monday after receiving a jury summons.
The news agency says court officials confirmed she was cut from a list of potential jurors.
Commentators believe one of the reasons she was likely to be cut from the list was because of the attention her presence on the original list has garnered.
Original story 14/01/20: Gigi Hadid Has Been Called Up As A Potential Juror For Harvey Weinstein's Trial
On Monday January 14th, several news outlets reported that the model was among 120 potential jurors who received a summons and was called on to appear at the Manhattan courthouse for jury selection.
The 24-year-old was photographed leaving the courthouse but told reporters: 'I'm not allowed to talk about jury duty, I'm sorry.'
Gigi Hadid leaves court after being summoned as a potential juror for Harvey Weinstein’s trial. She has not been dismissed and returns Thursday.— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 13, 2020
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So, what does this mean? Will Hadid serve as a juror on the high-profile trial?
Here's everything you need to know about Gigi Hadid and the Harvey Weinstein trial:
The American jury selection process
Similar to the British system, each district court randomly selects citizens’ names from lists of registered voters who live in that area.
According to the United States Courts, those who are randomly selected are asked to complete a questionnaire to help determine if they are qualified to serve on a jury.
'Those qualified are randomly chosen to be summoned to appear for jury duty,' it explains on its website. 'This selection process helps to make sure that jurors represent a cross section of the community, without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, or political affiliation.'
In the US, the judge and lawyers meet the jurors and ask them questions to determine if they are suitable as a juror. The process is called voir dire and sees lawyers and the judge eliminate anyone from jury service if it is deemed that they would not be able to be impartial - for instance, if they have been through a similar experience to an alleged victim or if they know the accused and/or the alleged victim.
For the Weinstein case, last week The New York Times reported that at least one juror said they would not be able to impartial because they are a victim of sexual assault and therefore have excused themselves from the jury. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
As Weinstein's accusations are so public, other potential jurors reportedly said that they could not be impartial as they had read Ronan Farrow's book Catch and Kill which listed the allegations and interviewed alleged victims, while another claimed to have a friend who had an 'encounter' with Weinstein.
Is Gigi Hadid now a juror on the Weinstein case?
No. Not yet anyway. On Monday, we saw Hadid entering and exiting the jury selection process during which 120 people attend in the aim that a 12-person jury and six on standby will be selected.
According to The Guardian, Hadid told the judge that she had previously met Weinstein and knows the actress Salma Hayek, who has accused the former film mogul of sexual harassment.
When asked if she could be a potential juror, the model responded: 'I think I'm still able to keep an open mind on the facts.'
The model will reportedly head back to court later in the week while the lawyers and judge decide on a final jury.
What is the latest on Harvey Weinstein's trial?
The trial has not been without controversy in these initial stages.
Weinstein has been seen walking into the courthouse with a zimmer frame, there have been activists forming demonstrations outside with Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette in attendance and Weinstein was reprimanded by the judge when he used his mobile phone in court.
On the same day the trial began in New York (January 6th), separate charges were announced by a judge in Los Angeles.
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