Denver DJ accused of groping Taylor Swift faces further cross-examination

Erica Roy
August 10, 2017

David Mueller, the former KYGO DJ who Swift claims grabbed her buttocks during a June 2013 concert meet-and-greet, took the stand on Tuesday to recount his version of events that led him and the singer to court.

Mueller sued Swift, her mother and her radio promotions director in 2015 for $3 million in damages.

She is charged in 2015 with the defamation of a #Denver-area radio DJ who was sacked from his job after she accused him of groping her during a 2013 meet-and-greet. Mueller denies the allegation and claims Swift's team got him fired from his job by reporting the allegation to his bosses " not the police.

David Mueller denies groping the pop star as they posed for a photograph but said he may have touched her ribs with a closed hand.

Swift was moved to tears during the opening statements.

Before the trial opened at the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse in downtown Denver, about 20 people lined up for a chance to sit in the courtroom, including a long-haired local heavy-metal guitarist wearing a Dokken T-shirt and a visiting 10-year-old Swift fan with her father.

Mueller may be intent on making his case, but Swift is sending a powerful message with her symbolic suit. and it isn't going unnoticed.

Swift, who will reportedly take the stand at some point during the nine-day trial, said that ay money she wins form the case will be donated to "charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard".

"This was an assault and Ms Swift reported that it happened".

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A sketch of Taylor Swift (l.) and her attorneys in Denver Federal Court with plaintiff David Mueller (2nd r.) on August 8, 2017.

The trial is expected to last for 10 days.

Swift has said Mueller slipped his hand under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom as they posed.

Jury selection has resumed in Taylor Swift's civil trial involving a groping allegation against a former DJ. "Doesn't that seem more appropriate", Baldridge asks Mueller. "What possible motivation would Taylor Swift have to make up a story?"

That included a conversation Mueller had with his talent agent in which she told him that KYGO was discussing possibly terminating him for insubordination for not following directives from Haskell regarding a spat over a possible new female cohost the station was pondering hiring to shore up Mueller's morning show.

Swift countersued Mueller, claiming sexual assault.

The 2013 photograph of Swift and Mueller is a key piece of evidence in both lawsuits but this isn't the only imagery causing a stir. "It's an assault", Baldridge said.

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

Baldridge then asks Mueller if he can see that Haskell's fist is above Swift's waist in the photo, which is indeed the case, and which Mueller also confirms. Court documents say it is unlikely that either side will settle.

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