Gigi Hadid Called as Potential Juror on Harvey Weinstein Trial

Harvey Weinstein walks away from the courtroom in New York City criminal court on 6 January 2020 in New York City

Harvey Weinstein walks away from the courtroom in New York City criminal court on 6 January 2020 in New York City

Model Gigi Hadid was revealed on Monday to be one of the potential jurors at the rape trial of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein now under way in NY.

Hadid, 24, raised her hand in the NY state court when Judge James Burke asked the dozens appearing for jury selection whether any of them knew Weinstein or his legal team.

She later said she had also met Salma Hayek, whose name is on a list of people who may be relevant to the case.

Burke then asked her if she could be fair and impartial.

Dozens of other potential jurors were excused after saying they could not be impartial, without providing a reason.

Jury selection continued on Monday in the criminal trial of Weinstein, who pleaded not guilty at his first indictment in August on five felony counts: two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of first-degree criminal sexual assault, one count of first-degree rape and one count of third-degree.

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Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault by more than 80 women since accusations against him ignited the #MeToo movement in October 2017.

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

Weinstein, once one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, made his mark with critically acclaimed films such as The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. Weinstein has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters he had were consensual.

Jury selection in the Weinstein case entered its fifth day.

Burke said on Monday that 108 out of 360 potential jurors summoned last week passed pre-screening. So far, more than 100 jurors have filled out questionnaires asking about their backgrounds and their ability to be impartial in the case. The chants were heard in the 15th floor courtroom, prompting Weinstein's lawyers to ask that all the potential jurors present be dismissed.

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

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