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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

■ 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.



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