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Madonna reports for New York jury duty, gets sent home

Published on Jul 9, 2014 12:45 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Jury service can be an arduous, nerve-wracking duty for many American citizens, but when you're Madonna, it's a two-hour wait before being sent home as a "distraction."

The pop icon turned up at the New York Supreme Court on Monday, accompanied by her own beefy bodyguards, after being summoned to jury duty along with hundreds of ordinary New Yorkers.

She arrived at 10 am (local time) - an hour later than everyone else - and was relieved of her civic responsibility after officials decided that her superstar celebrity was a hindrance rather than a help.

"She got a jury summons and she came to do jury duty and I think that in itself is a good thing," New York courts spokesman David Bookstaver told AFP. "It says to everyone that everyone gets called, and when you get called you have to show up."

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