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The Taylor Swift Groping Trial, Day 1: What's at Stake

08 August 2017, 12:28 | Lowell Little

Taylor Swift might have to show up in a federal court in Denver on Monday

Taylor Swift might have to show up in a federal court in Denver on Monday

Taylor Swift is expected to personally testify in a Denver court after a long legal battle with Denver radio host, David Mueller.

It's unclear when Swift will take the stand.

In court documents, Swift said, "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".

In his lawsuit, Mueller claims he was sacked from his job at a country music station after Taylor's team wrongfully told his boss that Mueller had groped the singer-songwriter.

Mueller sued Swift over the 2013 incident, claiming that Swift's false accusation cost him his job. Swift in a way she found inappropriate, it was inadvertent as he rushed to get into position for the photograph, which, though inconclusive, is expected to be key evidence at the trial.

Swift, one of the most successful contemporary music artists, earned $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016 following a world tour and her best-selling "1989" album, according to Forbes Magazine. Swift says she'll donate any money won from the lawsuit to "charities dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard". KYGO claims Mueller was sacked for violating the morality clause of his contract after it says it independently determined that he lied about the incident, changed his story and inappropriately touched Swift.

Taylor Swift is in federal court in Denver for the start of jury selection in her lawsuit against Denver disc jockey David Mueller involving a groping allegation. Following Mueller's attempt to blame his superior at KYGO, a man named Eddie Haskell, documents from Swift's counter suit were emphatic that there was no doubt over who the guilty party was.

Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault by Mueller.




How did David Mueller respond?

Potential jurors were asked whether they are fans of either Mueller or Swift, including if they had ever seen Swift in concert, downloaded or purchased her music, or attended the 2013 concert. The trial is expected to last nine days; likely until August 17. He went to his vehicle to drop off an autographed photo then returned to the arena, where he was confronted by Swift's security guard.

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 selection process could last through Tuesday, with opening statements to follow.

After escorting Mueller out of the arena, a member of Swift's team called Mueller's boss and asked that appropriate action be taken.

Swift is countersuing, claiming sexual assault.

The police were not called because of Swift's wish to keep the situation "discreet and quiet and confidential", according to her attorney Douglas Baldridge.

Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, argues that Mueller may have been misidentified after someone else touched Swift.



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