Gigi Hadid Could Be Juror in Harvey Weinstein Trial

Gigi Hadid Could Be Juror in Harvey Weinstein Trial

Gigi Hadid Could Be Juror in Harvey Weinstein Trial

NEW YORK-American model Gigi Hadid appeared as a potential juror in disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial on Monday, adding a fresh celebrity twist to the high-profile proceedings.

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

Hadid-who has modeled for a host of top fashion brands including Chanel and Victoria's Secret-said she had also met Salma Hayek.

"I think I'm still able to keep an open mind on the facts", Hadid told the Manhattan court.

If convicted at a trial expected to last into March, Weinstein could face life in prison.

Opening arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin on January 22 for a trial expected to last about two months.

Since 2017, more than 80 women, including many famous actresses, have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades. Hadid is also known to be a friend of Cara Delevingne, who also has gone public with accusations of sexual harassment against Weinstein and talked about the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to five counts that include raping a woman in 2013 and forcing another woman to engage in oral sexual conduct in 2006.

Jury selection in Weinstein's case is in its first phase, with potential jurors being pre-screened for possible bias. More than 100 jurors have reportedly filled out questionnaires about their backgrounds and whether they'd remain impartial in the case.

Burke said on Monday that 108 out of 360 potential jurors summoned last week passed pre-screening. The chants were heard in the 15th floor courtroom, prompting Weinstein's lawyers to ask that all the potential jurors present be dismissed.

Judge Burke asked prosecutors to respond to the defence's request, made on Friday, that the jury be sequestered for the duration of the trial.

On 6 January, as the NY trial began, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced new sexual assault charges against Weinstein.

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