With Gigi Hadid set for jury duty in Harvey Weinstein's case, here are 5 other celebs who have served as jurors
Celebrities are no exception to jury duty and many of them have served as jurors over the years with the most recent one potentially set to be Gigi Hadid.
Model Gigi Hadid is one of the potential jurors in the Harvey Weinstein trial and was among the 120 potential jurors called on Monday, January 13.
While sitting in the jury box, Hadid shared that she had met the former film producer. When asked by Judge James Burke about whether she could be fair and impartial, Hadid had responded saying "Yes". She was also amongst the 35 potential jurors who were asked to fill out a jury questionnaire and return to court on Thursday, January 16.
Weinstein is currently on trial for allegedly raping a woman in 2013 and sexually assaulting another in 2006. Hadid is not the only celebrity to be a potential juror and many other A-listers have actually served on juries. Here as some of the biggest names who have done jury duty:
5. Sylvester Stallone
Stallone has no problems with jury duty but does not want any pictures taken. As reported by E! just before Stallone entered the jury room at an LA courthouse in 2008, this announcement was made, "Ladies and gentlemen, you are permitted to use your cell phones, but no photos are permitted." He was a prospective juror in a wrongful termination lawsuit. Stallone reportedly told the judge that he may not be able to have an open mind in the case as he has often been involved in wrongful termination suits. The judge then dismissed him.
4. Charlie Sheen
In 2013, Charlie Sheen reported for jury duty hoping to serve on a "multiple homicide case, something really interesting" as he had shared with E! However, he was excused just before 3 pm before he even made it to the courtroom and received a proof of completion certificate. It is reported that he was excused due to a simple peremptory challenge where the prosecution or defense always has the right to reject a potential juror without giving a reason.
3. Jennifer Lopez
J.Lo was given the chance to do her civic duty in 2007 when she was called to the Beverly Hills Courthouse. As reported by TMZ, the 'Hustlers' star was seen arriving at the courthouse at around 8.30 am along with an assistant and spent most of her time in the jury room text messaging her friends.
2. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was called in for jury duty in 2009 and was reportedly quizzed about the potential service for a misdemeanor case where two people were charged with 10 counts of vehicle tampering, as per WSJ. That same afternoon, Bryant had said, "Everyone has to do their duty … This is important. You have to take it seriously. I don’t think anybody wants to do jury duty, but it’s your responsibility."
1. Brad Pitt
Actor Brad Pitt had to be dismissed from jury duty in 2014 as he was "too much of a distraction", Daily Mail reports. An attorney, William R. Lively shared, "You just can’t stick Brad Pitt in a jury box and expect 11 jurors to ignore him. It’s only natural that those jurors would be watching to see how Brad reacts to what’s being said and that they could be influenced by his opinions once the jury goes behind closed doors to render a verdict."