Brad Pitt has reportedly been rejected from undertaking jury duty in LA after the courts decided he’d be too much of a distraction.
Understandable, really, but it is a shame considering Brad was allegedly ‘eager’ to get involved.
Brad, 51, was first called to duty 11 years ago, but was last Friday turned away from the court house after interviewing for jury duty over fears the jurors would be far too focused on him and his reactions to the case.
They’ve got a point, considering he’s a ruddy MEGASTAR and the (handsome) husband of Angelina Jolie.
He was reportedly “hoping he might get picked to serve on a short case,” thanks to his insanely busy schedule, but would’ve still been “required to serve for as long as it took for the case to be decided.”
This is usually said to be within seven days in LA, but obviously could take a lot longer.
Probably not the best idea since he’s currently filling in for sick wife Angelina as well as going about his own business.
A source told the Mail Online that Brad thought the experience would be “interesting,” but sadly hasn’t got the time to try it out.
We don’t want to get too technical here, so in short, potential jurors are randomly selected using driver’s licenses, State IDs and voter registration lists, but “in most cases as soon as it’s discovered that a potential juror is a major celebrity, that person is dismissed, but that is not always the case,” as LA attorney William R. Lively explained.
Of course, as Williams continued: “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.”
This would have caused problems for obvious reasons, so perhaps it was best that Brad stayed clear of the courtroom after all.
As interesting as it would’ve been for him to experience the, er, experience. So to speak.
But Brad’s not the first celeb to be dismissed in this way.
Back in July, Madonna was booted from jury dury after less than TWO HOURS for the same reason.
Tom Hanks was last year CHOSEN for the duty in a domestic violence case, but was later rejected after allegations of ‘jury tampering,’ when someone from LA city’s attorney’s office went up to him during a lunch break and spoke about how ‘impressive’ it was that he’d attended.
We can definitely see their point here – better luck for the future, guys.
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