Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Supermodel Gigi Hadid Dismissed As Potential Juror In Harvey Weinstein Trial

Supermodel Gigi Hadid Dismissed As Potential Juror In Harvey Weinstein Trial

Harvey Weinstein's attorneys urged an appeals court on Thursday to move his trial out of NY, arguing the media atmosphere has jeopardized his ability to get an impartial jury.

Six women are likely to testify against Weinstein but their stories form only a small portion of the 105 victims who have accused the 67-year-old of sexual misconduct.

"This trial is not a referendum on the MeToo movement", James Burke told the potential jurors.

The filmmaker is now facing life in prison over criminal charges that he raped woman in a NY hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performed oral sex on another woman in Manhattan in 2006.

Hayek said Weinstein sexually harassed her repeatedly, arriving unexpectedly at her room "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location;"; asking that she shower with him; asking that she let him watch her shower; asking that she let him give her a message; and other acts.

A few minutes later, she shook hands with a court officer and left the courthouse.

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"If anyone knows how a person might hypothetically leverage serving on the jury of a high-profile case to promote their new novel, (REDACTED), which (REDACTED) called "a darkly amusing book" and 'a witty black comedy, ' dm (direct message) me, please", Mittelmark's now-deleted message reads. If convicted, face life imprisonment. He is, however, being tried on charges related to just two.

The appellate court denied Weinstein's earlier request to move the trial last fall. Court officials confirmed she was cut from the list of potential jurors, an expected development following the attention her presence in court generated.

The jury drama occurred the same day model Gigi Hadid was dismissed from the Manhattan Supreme Court jury pool for the Weinstein case.

Harvey Weinstein and his legal team met with prosecutors behind closed doors for an hour on Wednesday to put together a team of jurors who will decide the disgraced movie mogul's fate in his rape trial.

Prosecutors, Weinstein's lawyers and Burke are striving to select 12 jurors and six alternates before opening statements, which are expected to begin on January 22.

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