When you think of Madonna, there are all kinds of phrases that immediately leap to mind, word pairings like “Material Girl,” “boy toy” or “pointy bra.” Now you can add “jury duty” to that list. Sort of.
The 55-year-old pop star did report to a Manhattan courthouse on Monday morning to perform everyone’s least favorite civic duty – but she was treated like, well, Madonna. According to the Associated Press, she was immediately taken into the clerk’s office instead of having to wait in the jury assembly room with everyone else who’d received a summons in the mail.
She was dismissed less than two hours later, which barely gave her time to post an Instagram pic of a courthouse doorknob. (“Serving my country!” she captioned the picture. “Reporting to jury selection! #itshotinhere”)
A spokesman for the court system says that Madonna wasn’t selected for a jury partially because there were plenty of other potential jurors on hand and partially because having Madonna around could prove rather chaotic, the kind of chaos that would require additional security.
“The greater good here is that her appearance really goes to show that everyone gets called,” David Bookstaver said. “The intent here was not to create a distraction to other jurors or the business of the court.”
And although it’s tempting to roll our eyes, he does have a point. Last September, Tom Hanks was selected for the jury of a Los Angeles domestic violence trial and his presence prompted a "star struck prosecutor" to break all kinds of rules by approaching him during a lunch break. The case was brought to an early end and the defendant was allowed to plea to lesser charges because of it.
Madonna is now exempt from jury duty until 2020. The luckiest by far, indeed.