Performing her civic duty
More than two years ago, the New York Times published a game-changing story, detailing numerous of allegations of sexual harassment against infamous Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. This article gave way to the #MeToo movement, which saw several woman speak up about their experiences in the industry.
Now, the disgraced movie mogul is standing trial for allegedly raping a woman in 2013 and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006. The trial kicked off last week, but has not proceeded past the jury selection phase, which may include supermodel Gigi Hadid.
The Palestinian-American model reported to court in Manhattan today, as one of 120 potential jurors in the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. Performing her civic duty, the 24-year-old answered a series of questions from Judge James Burk, to prove that she could be fair and impartial during the trial. According to CNN, the model stated that she has previously met Weinstein, as well as actress Salma Hayek, whose name is on a list of witnesses relevant to the case, but replied, “I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts.”
— Victoria Bekiempis (@vicbekiempis) January 13, 2020
It is worth noting that Weinstein has also been accused of sexual assault and harassment, by one of Gigi’s friends, Cara Delevingne. Nevertheless, the model is expected to return to court for further screening on Thursday. So far, 40 jurors have been dismissed from the trial last week, with Judge Burke saying that he hopes to have a jury set by next week.
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