Taylor Swift groping trial hangs on a few voices and a photo

Erica Roy
August 9, 2017

At the time of the incident, Swift stood on one side of Mueller, while his girlfriend stood on the other.

Taylor Swift's trial against radio show host David Mueller for alleged sexual assault made some progress on the second day in court as the jury was selected, opening statements were made, and witnesses began taking the stand.

Swift, 27, is one of the top-selling USA singers and has a huge fan following all over the world.

Jacquelyn Evans, a 32-year-old from Denver, said she was a huge Taylor Swift fan and admired the star for showing up at the trial.

Swift, dressed in a black jacket and white top, paid close attention to the proceedings, even jotting down notes on her pad of paper.

The jury will have to decide whether David Mueller grabbed the pop superstar's backside during a photo op at a 2013 concert in Denver or whether she and her team illegally got him fired.

The lawsuit centers around her claim that former radio disc jockey - David "Jackson" Mueller - groped her during a 2013 fan meet-and-greet before a show.

He said Swift had been part of thousands of meet-and-greets, but had never had an incident like what happened with Mueller.

In 2015 Mueller sued Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, claiming that the touching allegations are false.

Mueller says the photo only shows him trying to jump into the frame.

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In court filings, Swift said her representatives informed KYGO management about the incident, but she did not demand Mueller be fired.

Opened arguments were expected by Tuesday afternoon. He recalled being kicked out of Swift's concert by her tour manager.

Mueller often appeared to be reading documents as the judge questioned prospective jurors in the dueling lawsuits.

The singer said in her countersuit that any financial wins will be donated to "charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard".

Potential jurors were asked whether they were fans of Swift or Mueller.

Jury selection is expected to last through Tuesday.

But experts and advocates believe Swift may have chose to take the case into the public spotlight as a symbolic move meant to empower other women in similar situations.

Swift said, "It was not an accident". She tried 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.

Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, disputed Swift's allegations.

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