The solid of potential jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial narrowed as soon as once more Thursday, together with the dismissal of supermodel Gigi Hadid.
Hadid, 24, was noticed shortly earlier than 9 a.m. strolling into the Manhattan courthouse trailed by an individual resembling a physique guard.
Holding a black purse in a single hand and a cup of espresso within the different, Hadid did not say something as she disappeared right into a room.
A couple of minutes later, she left the courthouse. Court docket officers confirmed she was reduce from the listing of potential jurors, an anticipated improvement following the eye her presence in court docket generated.
She precipitated a stir Monday when she emerged as a possible juror, telling the decide she had met Weinstein however may very well be neutral. She additionally stated she had met actress Salma Hayek, a possible witness.
Regardless of Hadid’s insistence that she may “hold an open thoughts on the information,” the defence and prosecutors later agreed that having her on the jury can be an excessive amount of of a commotion.
Defence requires venue change, once more
Weinstein’s legal professionals have demanded the trial be moved out of New York Metropolis, citing “flash mob” protests within the streets whose chants may be heard 15 tales up within the courtroom and a crush of reporters and photographers which have turned the case right into a “media and leisure circus.”
The defence, having misplaced an earlier change of venue request, stated the “carnival-like ambiance” surrounding jury choice, coupled with the frenzy over Hadid’s look within the jury pool and social media feedback by potential jurors, confirmed Weinstein will not get a good shake in his hometown.
Weinstein, 67, is accused of raping a girl in a Manhattan resort room in 2013 and sexually assaulting one other in 2006. He has stated any sexual exercise was consensual.
If convicted, Weinstein may face life in jail.
Choose James Burke has stated he expects a panel of 12 jurors and 6 alternates to be seated in time for opening statements and testimony on Jan. 22. He instructed potential jurors that he anticipated the trial to complete up in early March.