Former film mogul Harvey Weinstein faces trial in New York for two sexual assaults. The jury is currently being put together to judge the 67-year-old. Now it came out: An old acquaintance Weinstein could sit on the jury bench. The model Gigi Hadid appeared in court and took part in a questioning by the judge James Burke.
Like the British among others Guardian reports, Hadid said that she had met the accused. She also said that she knew Salma Hayek. The actress also accuses Weinstein of sexual harassment. In addition, Hadid is friends with another woman who accuses Weinstein of violent behavior: British model Cara Delevingne also made the allegations public as part of the Metoo movement.
Given these connections, Hadid was asked whether she could still judge impartially. "I think I'm still able to assess the facts impartially," said the 24-year-old.
The jury's compilation is meanwhile difficult. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 120 potential jurors were interviewed, but most of them immediately declared themselves to be biased. The questioning of the next 120 potential candidates was postponed because prosecutor Joan Illuzzi suddenly had to see a doctor urgently.
Twelve jurors plus replacements must be found
A total of twelve jurors and six substitute jurors must be found before the process with the opening pleadings can really start. This can take several days or even weeks in such a headline-grabbing process. The selection initially works at random: Almost every American aged 18 and over has the duty to perform "jury duty" every few years. When it is your turn, you have to go to court, be shortlisted when a jury is needed, and are extensively questioned by the lawyers of the two parties to rule out any kind of bias. The survey lasts until the lawyers have found a suitable jury.
The trial is about allegations by two women. Weinstein is said to have forced one of them to have oral sex in 2006; he is said to have raped the other in 2013. The process could take up to two months in total. If convicted, the 67-year-old faces a life sentence. Another criminal trial has been announced in California.
In total, more than 80 women, including well-known actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Uma Thurman, have accused Weinstein of sexual assault in recent years. Some of them could be heard as witnesses in the process. The allegations against Weinstein in autumn 2017 by the New York Times and the magazine new Yorker published and later crowned with the Pulitzer Prize, triggered the Metoo movement.
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