The supermodel Gigi Hadid will not be one of the juries in the Harvey Weinstein trial after being cut off the list.
Hadid had been seen entering and leaving the New York courthouse as it turned out to be in the list of potential jurors.
He told the judge that he felt he would keep an “open mind”, but admitted that he had already met actress Salma Hayek, who is a potential witness in the trial.
Hadid, 24, returned for questioning Thursday and court officials confirmed that she was fired.
The defense and prosecution attorneys in the case agreed to have it on the jury would have caused too much confusion.
The list of potential jurors was narrowed before the trial, with an opening statement scheduled for January 22nd. The panel will comprise 12 jurors and six alternates.
Weinstein, 67, is accused of raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and attacking another in 2006.
He said that any sexual activity was consensual.
If convicted, he could face life in prison.
The film’s tycoon appeared fragile at the start of the procedure, entering the courtroom using a walker, which his lawyers say needs back surgery.
Weinstein’s attorneys are attempting to move the trial from New York City, citing “flash mob” protests in the streets, which have been so loud that 15-story songs are heard in the courtroom.
There were also a large number of journalists and photographers.
The trial is expected to last until early March.