Supermodel Gigi Hadid is among potential jurors for Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York City. The 24-year-old was summoned to the court on January 13 for additional questioning where Hadid said that she thinks she would be able to keep an “open mind on the facts”. The impartiality factor arose since Victoria’s Secret model has met Weinstein as well as actress Salma Hayek, a potential witness.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Hadid has been living in Manhattan and studied criminal psychology at the New York School. She was mobbed by photographers and journalists when the supermodel left the court but didn’t answer any question. “I’m not allowed to talk about jury duty, I’m sorry,” she said.
Hadid is one of the latest potential jurors summoned to court for questioning from the pool of 120. Around 40 potential jurors recused themselves from the case saying they could not be impartial or their health condition will not permit them to serve as jurors in the tedious process. The supermodel is among the remaining jurors who were asked to fill up a written questionnaire and has been called for additional questioning on January 16.
The written questionnaire comprised of 55 questions in which jurors were asked if they could arrive at a judgement based on the evidence produced in the court. They were also asked if they or any of their family members had been a victim of sexual assault. Another question was about whether the potential jurors have read up the cases against Weinstein.
The disgraced movie mogul is accused of raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting another in 2006 but Weinstein has denied all allegations and pleaded not guilty. The Hollywood mogul has now been charged with sex crimes in separate cases in Los Angeles. City’s County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said that the evidence will prove that Weinstein used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and committed violent crimes against them.
(With AP inputs)
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