Gigi Hadid will not be serving as a juror in Harvey Weinstein’s New York criminal trial, Page Six reports today. The outlet revealed that the model was dismissed on the eighth day of jury selection from the Manhattan Supreme Court. She was chosen as a potential juror on Monday and asked to return to the court this morning. The news of Hadid being a prospective juror for the high-profile trial prompted a lot of media coverage, in part because Hadid does have personal ties to Weinstein.
According to Variety, Hadid told Justice James Burke that she had met Weinstein before. The judge asked if she could be fair, and she said she could. She also revealed she had met Salma Hayek too; Hayek was included on the list of people who may be relevant to Weinstein’s case. Hadid told the judge, “I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts.”
Hadid is also friends with Cara Delevingne, who accused Weinstein of trying to kiss her in a hotel room. Delevingne wrote on her October 2017 Instagram, where she made her story public:
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.