Tay­lor Swift ex­pected to tes­tify in grop­ing case

Pop star ac­cused former DJ of grab­bing her but­tocks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY TA­TIANA FLOW­ERS

A few mo­ments at a back­stage photo ses­sion four years ago are about to be re­lived, as lawyers for pop star Tay­lor Swift and a former disc jockey she ac­cuses of grop­ing her be­gin pick­ing ju­rors in their du­el­ing law­suits.

Ra­dio host David Mueller sued the singer-song­writer, say­ing he was falsely ac­cused and that she should have called po­lice in­stead of his bosses, who fired him soon af­ter the June 2013 en­counter. He’s seek­ing up to $3 mil­lion in dam­ages.

Swift coun­ter­sued, claim­ing sex­ual as­sault, set­ting up the civil trial where she is ex­pected to tes­tify amid tight­ened court­house se­cu­rity.

Jury se­lec­tion started on Mon­day. Open­ing state­ments were ex­pected to be­gin to­day in the case that could last two weeks. Court doc­u­ments say it is un­likely that ei­ther side will set­tle.

Swift is seek­ing a ver­dict that awards her $1, while hold­ing Mueller re­spon­si­ble and “serv­ing as an ex­am­ple to other women who may re­sist pub­licly re­liv­ing sim­i­lar out­ra­geous and hu­mil­i­at­ing acts,’’ her law­suit says.

Mueller is also ex­pected to tes­tify, along with Mueller’s former boss and mem­bers of Swift’s en­tourage.

Mueller, then 51, was a morn­ing host at a coun­try mu­sic sta­tion when he was as­signed to at­tend Swift’s con­cert at the Pepsi Cen­ter in Den­ver. Mueller was back­stage with his girl­friend when they met with Swift, then 23, in a cur­tained en­clo­sure. They posed for a photo and left.

Later, Swift’s body­guard con­fronted Mueller with the al­le­ga­tion that he had reached un­der the singer’s dress and grabbed her but­tocks.

Mueller de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and asked that they call the po­lice. He and his girl­friend were es­corted out of the arena and a mem­ber of Swift’s team called his boss.

Swift never went to the po­lice. 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.

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

Swift’s mother and a mem­ber of her team are also de­fen­dants in the law­suit filed by Mueller.


In this Feb. 4, file photo, Tay­lor Swift per­forms at the Direc­tTV Su­per Sat­ur­day Night Con­cert in Hous­ton, Texas. The trial of a law­suit be­tween Swift and David Mueller, a former ra­dio host she ac­cuses of grop­ing her, be­gan Mon­day in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Den­ver.

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