Earlier this week, it was reported that supermodel Gigi Hadid had been enlisted as a potential member of the jury at the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, which is currently taking place in New York. But just days later, it's been confirmed that Gigi won't be taking part in the high profile case.
Among 116 other potentials, Gigi was seen entering the Manhattan courtroom accompanied by security guards in the early hours of Monday morning (13 January). After being questioned by judge James Burke on whether or not she felt able to judge Harvey Weinstein fairly, the 24-year-old insisted she had the ability to be impartial, saying: "I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts."
Hadid had been one of two people in the group who raised their hand when asked whether or not they knew the defendant or member of the prosecution. "I have met Salma Hayek and possibly Ryan Beatty," she said.
After both the prosecution and defence teams assessed the pool of potential jurors, Gigi Hadid was one of approximately 60 others who was dismissed. The Daily Beast reports the legal teams felt her presence may be "disruptive" to the case.
Actor Salma Hayek accused Weinstein of sexual harassment after she turned down his advances. Gigi is also a friend of fellow model Cara Delevingne who has spoken openly about her experiences of sexual harassment from Harvey Weinstein.
The case, which sparked worldwide outrage and disgust, involved sexual harassment claims from nearly 100 women. Disgraced film producer Harvey has pleaded not guilty to five counts, including a forced sexual act in 2006 and rape in 2013.
The final jury of 12 - plus six standbys - will now be selected from the remaining group of potential jurors who have not been dismissed. Opening statements for the trial are scheduled to begin on Wednesday 22 January.
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