Madonna got red carpet treatment for a court visit. Photo: Getty Images
Madonna received red carpet treatment in New York, but not for any regular celebrity appearance. She was reporting for jury duty.
The Material Girl was dressed in a black suit and sunglasses for the occasion, with platform sandals and a printed scarf.
Just because she was called up for duty like a regular person doesn't mean Madonna was treated like one, however.
The singer showed up an hour and a half late with an entourage that included three police officers, two personal bodyguards, two court officers and one personal assistant, according to gossip website Page Six.
Instead of queueing for security with the regular citizens and then joining them in the waiting room, the 55-year-old pop star was whisked through security in no time and then taken to a private room to meet with the head clerk.
After a brief meeting – where the clerk apparently joked he would sequester her for a whole week – it is expected Madonna will be released from duty.
When Page Six talked to other potential jurors about Madonna's star treatment, most were less than impressed.
''That’s pretty outrageous,'' Marianne Pita, 57, told Page Six. ''It’s a painfully long day and it doesn’t seem quite right. Everyone should have to wait in the same line.''
Anna, 33, said: ''The whole idea is everyone is here to serve. It’s ridiculous to make it a tiered system.''
However, a court spokesperson said the singer was allowed to arrive late so she would pose less of a distraction.
One lawyer said she was glad Madonna was being released from duty, because she would not be much use. ''She’d be a total distraction,'' the attorney said.
''I’m sure she’s bright, but her celebrity overrides her intellect. Everyone would be staring at her – I know I would.''
Madonna is not the first celebrity to cause a stir while trying to carry out their civic duty. Just last year Tom Hanks cause a commotion and had his jury duty ended after he was approached by a ''starstruck'' member of the prosecutor's office.
The actor had been sitting on the jury for a domestic violence case in Los Angeles when he was allegedly approached during a lunch break by the woman, who ''thanked him, and [said] how impressed everyone is that such a celebrity would still be here serving jury duty'', according to The Independent.
Defence lawyer Andrew Flier said the prosecutor's office informed the court of the interaction, and while it appeared harmless it was ''an absolute 100 per cent no-no'' that ''should never have happened''.
However, when actor Steve Carrell was selected for jury duty in 2008 he managed to carry out his job without creating a scene, earning $US15 ($16) a day for his trouble, according to TMZ.
Brad Pitt had the red carpet rolled out just like Madonna when he was summoned for jury duty in 2007, with someone buying his lunch for him while the other jury members collected their own.
Mel Gibson wasn't above behaving like everyone else when he was called up for duty two years ago: The Braveheart actor reportedly waited with everyone else before heading into the assembly room.