Supermodel Gigi Hadid is among the group of potential jurors for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial in New York.
The 24-year-old, who lives in Manhattan and studied criminal psychology at The New School, is one of 120 people called to participate in the selection of the jury for the case.
On Monday, he told a judge that, although he had met Weinstein In the past, I felt that I would be able to “keep an open mind about the facts” if selected.
The selection of the jury at the New York Supreme Court began in early January, more than two years after dozens of accusations against Weinstein called public attention and gave impetus to the #I also movement.
Questioned during an initial selection process, Hadid also revealed that she had previously met actress Salma Hayek, who is a potential witness at the trial, but again said she could remain impartial.
The Victoria’s Secret model was asked to return Thursday for additional questions, along with 34 other potential jurors.
Surrounded by photographers when she left court, Hadid, who has more than 51 million followers on Instagram, said: “I am not allowed to talk about the jury. I’m sorry.”
Weinstein, 67, is accused of raping a woman in a hotel room in Manhattan in 2013 and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006.
He denied the accusations and said that any sexual activity was consensual.
The movie mogul has appeared fragile during the beginning of the process, entering the court with a walker, which his lawyers say he needs after a back surgery.
The selection process for jurors has been hampered by several challenges and distractions, including a protest outside the building.
Weinstein has been threatened with jail for using your phone during the process, and his defense team has asked that the judge resign and that the selection of the jury be kept secret. Both requests were denied.
Both parties say they expect to deliver opening statements at the trial before the end of January, and the case is expected to continue until February and until March.
If convicted, Weinstein could face life imprisonment.
As the case was underway a week ago, prosecutors in Los Angeles announced new charges in a separate case against him.
Those charges accuse him of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another woman there on consecutive nights in 2013, days before he attended the Oscars with his then wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, who was pregnant at the time.
Weinstein has not filed a guilty plea in the Los Angeles case, which will be tried later.