rain.png
Thursday February 27th, 2020 9:20AM

Gigi Hadid among potential jurors for Weinstein's rape trial

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Gigi Hadid is in the running to be a juror in Harvey Weinstein’s New York City rape trial after telling a judge Monday that she thinks she'd be able to “keep an open mind on the facts."

Hadid, who lives in Manhattan and studied criminal psychology at The New School, was among 35 potential jurors asked to return to court Thursday for additional questioning.

She's the latest in a long list of celebrities to have reported for jury duty in the city over the years.

So far, more than 140 people have been invited back for a second round of questioning, but some of them could still be eliminated based on how they've answered written questionnaires.

Sitting in the same courtroom as Weinstein, Hadid disclosed that she has met the disgraced movie mogul and actress Salma Hayek, a potential witness, but that she could remain impartial.

The 24-year-old Victoria's Secret model turned heads as she arrived in court Monday, part of the latest pool of 120 potential jurors summoned for the case as jury selection continued into a second week.

Hadid's presence added flair to what has been a tedious jury selection process.

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

“I’m not allowed to talk about jury duty," she said. "I’m sorry.”

Weinstein, 67, is accused of raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting another in 2006.

The former studio boss behind such Oscar winners as “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” has said any sexual activity was consensual.

Having a celebrity juror would add certain intrigue to Weinstein's case, which stemmed in part from allegations he used his power as an Oscar-winning film producer to get close to aspiring actresses, models and other women before violating them.

But celebrity jurors can also be a big distraction.

When Madonna reported for jury duty in Manhattan in 2014, court officials not wanting a ruckus allowed her to wait in a clerk's office instead with the masses. She was dismissed within a few hours.

Rudolph Giuliani was picked as the foreman of a civil jury while he was New York City's mayor in 1999. The panel ruled against a plaintiff who claimed he was seriously scalded in the shower by a blast of hot water. That man's lawyer later said that Giuliani's presence was detrimental to his case.

Michael Bloomberg was considered for a civil case while mayor in 2007, but the current Democratic presidential candidate was ultimately sent home over fears his admittedly “strong personality” would dominate the jury.

Hadid was questioned during an initial screening process, now on its fifth day, that has been stymied by a host of challenges and distractions.

They include defense requests for the judge to step aside and for jury selection to be held in secret, both of which were denied, and a noisy protest outside the courthouse.

Both sides hope to deliver opening statements before the end of the month. The trial is expected to last into March.

If convicted, Weinstein could face life in prison.

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

As his New York trial was getting underway a week ago, Los Angeles prosecutors announced new charges in a separate case 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.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Entertainment, AP Online Movies News, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
‘Joker’ leads Oscar noms; ‘1917,’ ‘Irishman’ close behind
Female filmmakers have been shut out, “Parasite” has made history and “Joker” has edged out all other films in this year's Academy Awards nominations
1:25PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Gigi Hadid among potential jurors for Weinstein's rape trial
Supermodel Gigi Hadid is in the running to be a juror in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial after telling a judge that she thinks she would be able to “keep an open mind on the facts
1:22PM ( 26 minutes ago )
High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry
Hemp growers and entrepreneurs rejoiced a year ago when U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop
1:04PM ( 44 minutes ago )
U.S. News
2020 Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near
Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa’s rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on college campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before the caucuses usher in the Democratic contest, the battle for the state is wide open
1:44PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Trump to promote trade deals in Sunday speech to US farmers
The White House says President Donald Trump will highlight his policies on trade and domestic energy when he addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention Sunday in Austin, Texas
1:23PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Anger in Iran over jet's downing; gunfire disperses protests
Popular anger is swelling in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government's attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy
12:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part-time to Canada
Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to grant Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor
12:29PM ( 1 hour ago )
Push to ban assault weapons in Virginia meets resistance
Some top Virginia Democrats are expressing reservations about plans to ban assault weapons
12:24PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi react to Oscar nominations
Nominees for the Academy Awards are sharing stories of the moments they heard about the recognition
12:50PM ( 57 minutes ago )
Queen's summit: Key questions on Prince Harry's future
Where will they get their money? Will they still have royal protection? Will Prince Harry and his wife Meghan still be known as “his royal highness” and “her royal highness”? Will Meghan be free to make big money endorsement deals? These are some of the key questions to be hashed out at an extraordinary family summit convened Monday by Queen Elizabeth II
12:40PM ( 1 hour ago )
ScarJo and Erivo go for 2, and other Oscar facts and figures
Antonio Banderas has received his first Academy Award nomination for the first time
11:55AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Entertainment
Queen to host crisis summit on Harry and Meghan's future
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is expected to meet Prince Harry face to face for the first time since he and his wife, Meghan, unveiled their controversial plan to walk away from royal roles
6:19AM ( 7 hours ago )
Oscar nominations are Monday morning: Here's what to expect
Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced Monday morning, and some big names could hear their names called
12:12AM ( 13 hours ago )
Colbert is 'Tooning Out the News' with new animated series
Late-night host Stephen Colbert has yet another outlet for satire: He's producing a series with animated characters who riff on current events and interview real newsmakers
10:21PM ( 15 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
‘Joker’ leads Oscar noms; ‘1917,’ ‘Irishman’ close behind
Female filmmakers have been shut out, “Parasite” has made history and “Joker” has edged out all other films in this year's Academy Awards nominations
1:25PM ( 23 minutes ago )
High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry
Hemp growers and entrepreneurs rejoiced a year ago when U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop
1:04PM ( 44 minutes ago )
Weinstein back in court as jurors winnowed for rape trial
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is back in court as jury selection resumes in his sexual assault trial
12:19PM ( 1 hour ago )
'Joker' tops Oscar nominations with 11; 3 other films get 10
Todd Phillips’ much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations on Monday
9:32AM ( 4 hours ago )
First batch of nominees for 2020 Oscars announced
The nominees for the Academy Awards are being announced in Los Angeles
8:37AM ( 5 hours ago )