Taylor Swift in court as jury selection for groping case begins

Aug 08, 2017, 00:29
Taylor Swift in court as jury selection for groping case begins

Jury selection began Monday in the civil trial involving musician Taylor Swift and a former KYGO DJ who is accused of groping her.

The former 98.5 KYGO-FM DJ, David Mueller, met and posed for a photo with Swift at a backstage meet-and-greet during her June 2013 Denver concert.

In a deposition for the case, Swift stated: "Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there".

"It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life", Swift said in a deposition. He alleges that the time of the incident, he asked that the police be called.

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Mueller was sacked two days after the meet-and-greet with Swift.

Mueller sued Swift on September 10, 2015 - two years after the alleged incident - claiming her accusations that he inappropriately touched her were false and cost him his $150,000-a-year job and future career opportunities.

In court filings, Swift said her representatives informed KYGO management about the incident but she did not demand Mueller be fired. Greg Dent, Swift's bodyguard who was present when the photograph was taken, is also expected to testify, as well as her photographer, who took the photo in question that captured the alleged assault.

Swift countersued Mueller one month later for assault and battery. Both he and Swift have filed lawsuits against each other.

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On Monday, jury selection will take place for the trial that could last up to nine days, per Business Insider. Resolution of this counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms.

Ex-DJ David Mueller already has been sanctioned for destroying evidence.

But if you're a Swift fan-or even if you're taking up for Mueller-don't expect to rock any supportive garb in the courtroom setting. The AP says the trial could last about two weeks.

Mueller denied inappropriately touching Swift and said he told the guard: "Please call the police". The case has been approved for trial despite the fact that it has been four years since the alleged sexual assault. A member of Swift's security team also told Mueller's boss at KYGO radio station what happened, and Mueller was sacked, according to a lawsuit he filed. She tried to keep the situation "discreet and quiet and confidential" and was upset by Mueller's claim that "for some reason she might have some incentive to actually fabricate this story", her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, has argued in court.

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A number of fans are expected to attend the trial, with 32 seats in the public gallery being made available each day. Mueller's attorney says his client may have been misidentified after someone else touched Swift.