In a surprising turn of events, American supermodel Gigi Hadid found herself in legal hot water during a recent girls' trip to the Cayman Islands. Hadid and her friend, Leah Nicole McCarthy, were arrested at Owen Roberts International Airport on July 10 after customs officials discovered marijuana and related paraphernalia in their luggage.
According to Cayman Marl Road, a local news outlet, the pair had arrived via a private plane when the discovery was made. The authorities subsequently arrested them on suspicion of importing marijuana and related utensils. The duo was then transported to the Prisoner Detention Center, where they were released on bail.
Two days later, on July 12, Hadid and McCarthy were formally charged during a court appearance. They pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,000. Despite the initial arrest and subsequent charges, the pair are not facing any further legal action.
A representative for Hadid clarified the situation, stating, "Gigi was traveling with marijuana purchased legally in NYC with a medical license." They added that medical marijuana has been legal in Grand Cayman since 2017. The representative affirmed that Hadid's record remains clear and she enjoyed the rest of her time on the island.
The incident did not seem to dampen Hadid's holiday spirit. The 28-year-old mother of one, who shares a daughter with ex Zayn Malik, took to Instagram to share photos from her tropical getaway. In one of the posts, she debuted a massive dragon tattoo on her upper thigh. In another, she was seen enjoying her time in the water with a pool toy, playfully asking her followers to guess the designer of the noodle.
The incident serves as a reminder of the varying laws regarding marijuana across different jurisdictions. Despite the drug's legal status in certain parts of the United States and other countries, travelers must be aware of the regulations in their destination countries to avoid legal complications.