Trial over allegation that DJ groped Taylor Swift begins today

Posted August 08, 2017

Jury selection will begin Monday in Denver for the civil suit between Taylor Swift and a former radio DJ, stemming from a 2013 incident in which the pop singer alleges she was groped by the host.

The host, David Mueller, has sued Swift, saying her accusation that he groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013 is false and interfered with with his business.

Swift subsequently filed a counterclaim against Mueller and denies complaining to his employer, as he asserts.The singer's filing states it was her radio promotions director, Frank Bell, who alerted KYGO to the alleged incident.

Jurors were also asked if they knew anything about the lawsuit or seen the photo - initially released by TMZ - that depicts the photo opp.

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"Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he (Mueller) took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek, and no matter how much I scooted over, it was still was not an accident", Swift said during a deposition, per The Daily Beast.

Swift counter-sued with claims he assaulted her. David Mueller's attorney has confirmed that Mueller will also be testifying in the trial.

At the time of the alleged incident, Mueller was a radio DJ for country music station 98.5 KYGO in Denver on the Ryno and Jackson morning show, going by "Jackson". Even that beef with Perry has been pretty one-sided; while Perry embarked on a press tour for her new album and dished on some of the drama, Swift mostly made her moves in silence, towering over the competition. The trial is expected to last nine days; likely until August 17.

One juror was dismissed over his answer tom the question, "In a lawsuit between David Mueller and Taylor Swift would you have bias for or against either Taylor Swift or David Mueller?"

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- Andrea Swift, the singer's mother, will testify about the decision to contact Mueller's boss and not call the police. Once the meet-and-greet was over, she says she alerted her mother as well as others on her team about what had allegedly happened.

Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault, setting up the civil trial where she is expected to testify amid tightened courthouse security. 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.

This is a sexual assault trial, period, because it involves a woman's claim she was groped by someone else against her will.

Members of the public can line up to watch proceedings from an overflow room in the courthouse, but so far there hasn't been a big turnout.

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