Ex-disc jockey in groping case says Swift photo is awkward

Emilio Banks
August 10, 2017

Taylor Swift's lawyer hit back Wednesday at former radio show host David Mueller after he accused the star on the second day of their headline-making trial of costing him his job and ruining his reputation.

The trial of a lawsuit between Swift and David Mueller, a former radio host she accuses of groping her, begins Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Denver.

Her lawyer says she will be taking to the stand to declare she believes it was indeed assault, while David Mueller "unequivocally denies" any wrongdoing.

Mueller has accused Swift of lying by saying he grabbed her behind during a public appearance, which is the basis of his defamation suit.

Under questioning from his lawyer, Mueller recounted he may have made contact with the side of Swift's body or brushed her arm and hand while they posed for pictures, but when asked if he had grabbed her backside, Mueller said flatly, "No, I did not".

Swift watched the proceedings closely, occasionally conferring with her counsel.

Taylor, dressed in a white top and black jacket, sat at a table with her mother, Andrea Swift, and her attorney.

Swift's lawyers called the image "damning" proof that Mueller inappropriately touched her. Mueller argues it shows him trying to jump into the frame.

Swift plans on donating any money awarded to her to "charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard".

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Mueller also testified that he was let go from a station in Kansas City, something that in a prior deposition he said did not necessarily help his radio career. Swift raised her chin a little, looking exasperated.

Swift countersued, claiming Mueller sexually assaulted her.

As the trial continues to move forward-it was scheduled to last nine days and is expected to conclude on August 24-here's a rundown of everything that's gone on so far.

Swift, one of the most successful contemporary music artists, earned $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016, following a world tour and her best-selling 1989 album, Forbes Magazine said.

Mueller talked about how he and his girlfriend at the time, Shannon Melcher, had gone to the meet-and-greet for work as KYGO employees despite not being huge fans of Swift's-as numerous other people at the pre-concert event were.

Baldridge asked why despite the fact Mueller's attorneys say a damages expert concluded he should get $3 million, the former DJ said during his testimony it was wrong to say he wanted 15 times his KYGO contract. "What possible motivation would Taylor Swift have to make up a story?"

He said Swift had been part of thousands of meet-and-greets, but had never had an incident like what happened with Mueller. Lady Gaga, who has spoken about being raped when younger, has also said nothing, as has Madonna.

Mueller, then 51, was assigned to attend Swift's concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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