Swift jus­tice

Loses ‘grab’ suit vs. star

New York Post - - FRONT PAGE - By EL­IZ­A­BETH ROS­NER in Denver and DANIKA FEARS in NY

A judge on Fri­day threw out a for­mer Denver ra­dio host’s case against Taylor Swift, rul­ing that the pop star could not be held li­able for the DJ get­ting fired. Af­ter US District Judge Wil­liam Martinez’s rul­ing, Taylor Swift smiled and wiped away tears.

“What the f--k,” Swift mouthed to her brother in court.

The fed­eral civil trial delved into the pair’s du­el­ing law­suits over whether DJ David Mueller groped her dur­ing a back­stage meet-and­greet and whether she and her team ru­ined his ca­reer af­ter­ward.

Mueller’s iden­ti­cal al­le­ga­tions against Swift’s mother, An­drea, and her ra­dio li­ai­son will go to ju­rors for a ver­dict.

Swift is still pur­su­ing her as­saultand-bat­tery coun­ter­suit for a sin­gle dol­lar and the chance to stand up for other women.

The singer’s for­mer body­guard tes­ti­fied in court Fri­day that he saw the ex-DJ ac­cused of grop­ing the pop star stick his hand up her skirt dur­ing a 2013 photo op. “No, I know I saw it. I don’t be

lieve I saw it. I know I saw it,” Greg Dent told ju­rors on the fifth day of Swift’s trial against the for­mer KYGO ra­dio host. “When he went to put his arm around her, his hand went un­der her skirt.”

Dent was stand­ing a few feet away as the “Shake It Off ” singer posed for a photo with Mueller and his then-girl­friend, Shan­non Melcher, at Denver’s Pepsi Cen­ter on June 2, 2013.

While he didn’t see Mueller ac­tu­ally touch Swift’s butt, Dent said he saw Mueller’s hand move up her skirt just be­fore the photo was taken.

“She jumped, pushed her skirt down and moved closer to [Melcher],” he said.

Dent didn’t step in be­cause Swift hadn’t mo­tioned for him to come over, he said, adding that the pop star had told him some­times he was “a lit­tle too mean.”

“I know she would have said some­thing if she wanted me to in­ter­vene,” he tes­ti­fied. “I know she wasn’t com­fort­able with it. That’s why she moved, pushed her skirt down and moved closer to the woman.”

Swift, who wore a striped shirt dress, black tights and booties to court Fri­day, laughed when Dent said he thought he’d find Mueller at the arena’s bar af­ter the photo was taken.

Dent also tes­ti­fied that af­ter the in­ci­dent, he told Swift’s male fans “to keep their hands up high” while tak­ing photos with her, ex­plain­ing that Swift was “too fan­friendly for me.”

Mueller, who wanted $3 mil­lion in dam­ages, sued Swift in 2015, claim­ing she had falsely ac­cused him of grop­ing her and caused him to lose his $150,000-a-year ra­dio job.

On Thurs­day, Swift con­fi­dently told the eight-mem­ber jury that Mueller grabbed her and “stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek as I moved away from him vis­i­bly un­com­fort­able.”

Melcher, Mueller’s ex-girl­friend, also tes­ti­fied on Fri­day and said the photo “hap­pened very quickly.”

She in­sisted she didn’t see Mueller touch Swift in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

“I was fac­ing for­ward,” Melcher said. “I don’t have eyes in the back of my head. But I did not no­tice any­thing of that type, no.”

UNHAND HER: Since-axed DJ David Mueller (above left) was blasted at Denver court Fri­day by Taylor Swift body­guard Greg Dent (right).

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