Tay­lor Swift 'cost me my ca­reer,' ra­dio host tells jury at grop­ing trial

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AUS ra­dio host de­nied grop­ing pop singer Tay­lor Swift and ac­cused her of ru­in­ing his ca­reer as a civil suit brought by him got un­der­way Tues­day. The 27-year-old Swift has counter-sued, al­leg­ing David "Jack­son" Mueller groped her dur­ing a photo op­por­tu­nity at a 2013 con­cert. She looked on with her mother at her side in the Denver court­room as he took the stand to tes­tify. "It cost me my ca­reer...the thing I love the most," Mueller said. "It's de­spi­ca­ble, the thing they've ac­cused me of."

Mueller did not sue his sta­tion KYGO or its par­ent com­pany Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Me­dia Co of Colorado, af­ter he was fired June 4, 2013. In­stead, he is seek­ing $3 mil­lion in lost wages and fu­ture in­come from Swift, al­leg­ing her com­plaint led to his un­fair dis­missal. He told the court he had sent out two dozen re­sumes and au­dio sam­ples, but re­ceived no job of­fers since be­ing ter­mi­nated. He had a con­tract with KYGO for $150,000 a year. Mueller's at­tor­ney Gabriel McFarland told the eight mem­ber jury it was a "he said, she said sit­u­a­tion," and that Swift mis­took her client for some­one else.

'It's an assault '

The singer, who al­leges he lifted her skirt and fon­dled her but­tocks dur­ing the photo op, has said she knew who had as­saulted her. Her lawyer, Doug Baldridge, told the jury that four mem­bers of Swift's team were in the room where the photo was taken, and knew im­me­di­ately some­thing wrong had hap­pened. "It's not in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing. It's an assault," Baldridge said. He said Mueller, who was 51 at the time of the in­ci­dent, has changed his story seven times since it oc­curred. "This side has never changed its po­si­tion," he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Baldridge, Mueller had de­stroyed five lap­tops or cell phones that may have con­tained recorded ev­i­dence of his meet­ing with KYGO ex­ec­u­tives, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing other ref­er­ences to the DJ's be­hav­ior that the ra­dio sta­tion was not happy with. Ju­rors hear­ing the case were picked ear­lier in the day from a pool of 16 prospec­tive ju­rors. Swift and her mother, An­drea Swift, watched while they were asked if they were fa­mil­iar with the cir­cum­stances of the civil case.

They were ques­tioned specif­i­cally about their fa­mil­iar­ity with either Swift or Mueller and whether they con­sid­ered them­selves to be fans of their work. Some fans were in the court­room, but the celebrity trial has so far not drawn big crowds, and many of the 32 seats re­served for the pub­lic were empty. "I'm a huge Tay­lor Swift fan. This is a huge event and it's ex­cit­ing to be a part of it," said Jac­que­lyn Evans, 32, an un­em­ployed food safety spe­cial­ist. Arthur Lewis, also 32 and a real es­tate agent, said he's "a big sup­porter of Tay­lor Swift and just wanted to check it out." Swift, who ap­peared in court wear­ing a dark suit over a bluish-green blouse, has said she will do­nate any dam­ages awarded in her suit to char­i­ties that fight sex­ual assault on women.— AFP

In this file photo, Tay­lor Swift per­forms at the DIRECTV NOW Su­per Satur­day Night Con­cert in Hous­ton, Texas. — AP

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