Madonna gets off jury duty for being famous: Singer was a ‘distraction’ from court case

The singer was dismissed after just two hours

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Madonna was dismissed from jury duty after less than two hours so as to not to “create a distraction” from the case.

The singer was sent away from the Manhattan courthouse on Monday 7 July. Officials said that that they already had an "ample number" of potential jurors.

“The greater good here is that her appearance really goes to show that everyone gets called,” David Bookstaver, a spokesperson for the court system, told New York Daily News.

“The intent here was not to create a distraction to other jurors or the business of the court… She got credit for her service and we're delighted she came.”

According to local reports, the singer arrived 30 minutes late for her 10am call-time, which was already an hour after the time given to the rest of the jurors. Rather than stand with the jury, she waited in a clerk’s office.

But Madonna seemed satisfied she had done her bit and is now exempt until 2020.

“I'm proud to do my job,” she reportedly said as she departed.

The singer was excused from jury duty in May, after claiming she was sick – sending in a doctor’s note. She then shared a series of pictures of her family on a beach holiday.

Additionally, Madonna answered a jury summons in 2008 in Beverly Hills. She waited for four hours then was dismissed.