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■ Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and her support team didn’t call police after she said she had been groped by a Denver radio host during a photo session before a 2013 concert. Instead, they called his boss, and David Mueller lost his job. The disc jockey later sued the singer-songwriter, saying he had been falsely accused and wanted $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault, setting up a civil trial set to begin Monday in federal court in Denver that will largely depend on whom the eight-member jury believes. Both sides say no settlement is in the works. Swift wanted 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. 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 re-living similar outrageous and humiliating acts,” her lawsuit states. Mueller has denied inappropriately touching Swift and said he told a guard at the time: “Please call the police. I didn’t do anything.” Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, argues that Mueller may have been misidentified after someone else touched Swift. He also said the security guard did not react to anything during the backstage meeting and that as many as 20 other people took photographs with Swift after Mueller left. The trial is being held in U.S. District Court because Mueller and Swift live in separate states and the matter involves a claim for damages higher than $75,000.
■ Former A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor is keeping busy in retirement. Keillor turns 75 on Monday. The next day, he’ll board a bus for a 28-city tour that he vows will be his last. The Minnesota humorist signed off as host of Prairie Home at the Hollywood Bowl last year in July. “I don’t think you should go out onstage after the age of 76,” Keillor said in a recent interview at his St. Paul office. “You don’t want to fall down out there, and then all of these people, you know, there’s a sudden intake of breath. And men in white jackets come in from the wings and put an oxygen mask on you.” Keillor turned the radio variety show over to mandolinist Chris Thile, who starts his second season in October. Keillor says he misses being on the air and hasn’t listened to the show since leaving. Keillor is finishing a script for a movie set in the radio show’s fictional town of Lake Wobegon. The touring show is a loose re-creation of Prairie Home, features regulars such as sound-effects whiz Fred Newman, private eye Guy Noir, The Cowboys, and Keillor duet partners Heather Masse and Aoife O’Donovan.