Gigi Hadid has been dismissed from her role as a juror for Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial.
The 24-year-old model was let go from Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Thursday, which was the eighth day of jury selection for the highly-anticipated criminal trial, reported the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six.
She previously told Justice James Burke she had “met the defendant”, and also raised her hand when Burke asked if any of the prospective jury members knew potential witnesses like Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, and Rosie Perez.
However, she insisted her affiliation with the case wouldn’t impact her ability to judge fairly, remarking: “I think I’m still able to keep an open mind on the facts.”
The trial is struggling to find jurors, after more than a third of those initially quizzed had to be dismissed after declaring they cannot be impartial.
Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sex assault, two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sex act, stemming from the allegations of three women.
The trial is set to begin on 22 January. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.