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■ Tay - lor Swift teared up and hugged her at­tor­neys af­ter a judge de­ter­mined that a for­mer ra­dio host did not prove that she per­son­ally set out to have him fired for re­port­edly grop­ing her at a photo op be­fore a con­cert. But the singer’s or­deal isn’t over quite yet. While U.S. District Judge Wil­liam Mar­tinez threw out David Mueller’s case against Swift on Fri­day, iden­ti­cal al­le­ga­tions against her mother and her ra­dio li­ai­son are ex­pected to go to ju­rors Mon­day. Mueller sued the three af­ter Swift’s team re­ported the al­leged 2013 as­sault in Den­ver to his bosses. He is seek­ing up to $ 3 mil­lion, say­ing the al­le­ga­tion cost him his rep­u­ta­tion and his job. Swift coun­ter­sued Mueller, say­ing she wanted a sym­bolic $1 and the chance to stand up for other women. The jury will still con­sider her as­sault claim. “I couldn’t be more proud to rep­re­sent some­body like Tay­lor Swift who’s will­ing to step up in a sit­u­a­tion like this,” at­tor­ney Dou­glas Baldridge said out­side court Fri­day. He also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the judge. Mueller’s team didn’t com­ment on the de­ci­sion, which fol­lowed days of tes­ti­mony from the singer and oth­ers, and just be­fore ju­rors were set to hear clos­ing ar­gu­ments. Swift spent an hour on the wit­ness stand Thurs­day re­count­ing what she called a “de­spi­ca­ble and hor­ri­fy­ing and shock­ing” en­counter be­fore a con­cert. “He stayed at­tached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” she tes­ti­fied. “It was a def­i­nite grab. A very long grab,” she added in her tes­ti­mony.

■ Grammy Award-win­ning artist Chance the Rap­per rode through the streets of his Chicago home­town as grand mar­shal of the city’s back­toschool pa­rade. The 24-year-old rap­per sat atop a white con­vert­ible wav­ing at the crowds dur­ing Sat­ur­day’s Bud Bil­liken Pa­rade, which wel­comes Chicago chil­dren back for the new school year. It’s not the first time Chance has been in­volved with Chicago Pub­lic Schools. Ear­lier this year he do­nated $1 mil­lion. He also was part of an ef­fort to dis­trib­ute thou­sands of free back­packs stuffed with school sup­plies at the pa­rade. He has urged politi­cians to help the schools, as well. He told WLS-TV that he wants to “make sure ev­ery­thing is a lit­tle eas­ier” for stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents. The rap­per, whose name is Chancelor Ben­nett, won three Gram­mys in Fe­bru­ary. The first Bud Bil­liken Pa­rade was held in 1929.



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