These celebrities may have tons of money and thousands of adoring fans, but when it comes to civic duty, celebrities are just like the rest of us. They even get summoned for jury duty and some of them actually serve! Celebrities are not exempt from receiving those little jury duty notifications in the mail. Unlike most celebs thought, you probably don’t cause quite as much of a commotion when you show up at a courthouse. Fame was enough to get Madonna out of celebrity jury duty (apparently the court also already had enough jurors for the day), but it wasn’t enough to get Tom Hanks or Steve Carell off the list of celebrities who served on juries .
Former President Barack Obama reported for jury duty in Chicago on Wednesday Obama reports for jury duty in Chicago
and was assigned to a panel. His panel was not called so he was ultimately dismissed from the pool after about 2 hours.
Taylor Swift couldn’t get out of jury duty. The singer missed the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28 to fulfill her civic responsibility in Nashville. Taylor was swiftly dismissed from serving on the jury for an aggravated rape and kidnapping case after the judge deemed her unable to be impartial because she was the plaintiff in an unrelated sexual assault suit in Colorado.
In the midst of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump was called to serve jury duty in August of 2015. Trump pulled up to court fashionably late, just after 9:10 a.m. He said it was his duty and was happy to do it. Trump has apparently received numerous fines in the past for not appearing.
Madonna was sent home from jury duty after 2 hours because her fame would have caused disruption in a court room. The singer showed up at a NYC courthouse but was excused 2 hours later. She never even had to sit with the commoners in the jury assembly room. She was allowed to hang out in the clerk’s office. Madonna was excused from jury duty in 2014 because there already enough jurors. She bypassed being questioned to join a panel because her presence was causing a commotion at the courthouse.
Jennifer Lopez had the opportunity to fulfill her civic duty in 2007 when she was called to the Beverly Hills Courthouse. The singer arrived at 8:30 a.m. with an assistant and spent most of her time in the jury room text messaging friends.
Kobe Bryant was called for jury duty in 2009. He was questioned for service on a misdemeanor case where two defendants are charged with 10 counts of vehicle tampering.
Tom Hanks’s 2013 jury duty service for a domestic violence case was cut short after a misconduct claim. The defense had asked for a mistrial citing misconduct after a member of the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office approached the star during a break and thanked him for his service. Apparently this is not allowed.
In 2004, Oprah served on a jury for a murder case. Winfrey was paid $17.20 per day to sit on the Chicago jury which convicted Dion Coleman, 27, of first-degree murder. He would face a life sentence.
George W. Bush
George Bush was called for jury duty in August of 2015. He wasn’t picked for a jury because apparently, the jury was chosen by the time the former president’s number was called.
Brad Pitt was lucky enough to be dismissed from jury duty in 2014 because he was “too much of a distraction”. 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.
Steve Carell was picked to serve on the jury in a civil case over an employment dispute in 2008 during the writer’s strike. Both sides were Korean and non-English speaking, so there was an interpreter present for the duration of the trial. As a juror, he got paid $15.00 a day.
Anna Kendrick was called for jury duty in 2015, and naturally she live tweeted it. “Night 3 of calling in for jury duty…thought I was off the hook, but I’ve got a date with justice…and the b*tch wants an early morning tryst,” Anna wrote. “Lunch break. Haven’t been selected yet. Think my favorite thing so far is the overriding feeling that I’m about to get yelled at. #juryduty.”
Jake Gyllenhaal was a prospective juror in a misdemeanor battery case in L.A. in 2009. He received a little special treatment during his jury duty. Apparently he was “allowed to go through the juror questioning process in a private room.
Eva Longoria was spotted in the jury assembly room at the downtown Los Angeles County Courthouse in 2006. She wasn’t chosen for a jury, but she did get to experience sitting in that giant room for hours just doing nothing.
Mel Gibson is no stranger to a court house. In 2012 he had the chance to be on the other side of the law as a potential juror. According to others at the court house, Mel Gibson was acting just like the rest of the jurors and was receiving no special treatment.
Charlie Sheen reported for jury duty and was hoping to serve on a “multiple homicide case, something really interesting.” Unfortunately for him, he was excused just before 3 p.m. and received the standard proof-of-completion certificate.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker is not above doing her civil duty. After reports that the actress was trying to shirk jury duty in 2011, she took to Marie Claire to set the record straight. She has served so many times and was even asked to come speak at Jury Appreciation Day!
Sylvester Stallone has no problem reporting for jury duty but does not want any photos taken. Right before Stallone entered the jury assembly room at a Los Angeles courthouse in 2008, this announcement was made: “Ladies and gentlemen, you are permitted to use your cell phones, but no photos are permitted.” He told the judge he could try to have an open mind in the case, but he might not be able to because he’s often been involved in wrongful termination suits. Having said that, the judge dismissed him.