Gigi Hadid Will Potentially Be A Juror During Harvey Weinstein’s Trial
Gigi's close friend Cara Delevingne is amongst the many women who have accused Weinstein of assault
Gigi Hadid was reportedly called for jury duty yesterday for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial.
Currently taking place in New York, Gigi is reported to be amongst 116 other juror potentials.
Reported by Variety, Gigi is said to have been spotted “in the hallway entering the courtroom.” Inside, Gigi was apparently then questioned by judge James Burke on whether or not she felt able to Jude Harvey Weinstein fairly, to which she replied:
“I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts.”
— Marta Dhanis (@MartaDhanis) January 13, 2020
Gigi was also one of two people who raised their hand when asked if they knew the defendant or member of prosecution, “I have met Salma Hayek and possibly Ryan Beatty” she responded.
The trial began last week, more than two years after both The New York Times and The New Yorker published reports which detailed Weinstein’s cases of sexual harassment, assault and rape allegations.
The revelations went on to spark worldwide outrage, lending its hand to the beginning of the #MeToo movement, a movement against sexual harassment and assault. The film producer however went on to plead not guilty to five accounts.
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When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
Gigi’s fellow model friend, Cara Delevingne is one of the many women involved in the accusations made against Harvey. Cara has previously spoken openly about her personal experiences of sexual harassment from the film producer, claiming that he persistently tried to grope and kiss her without consent.
It’s yet to be confirmed if Gigi will serve jury duty on the case or not, however, we are aware that she is still required to return to the court this Thursday for further questioning.
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