Thursday, 17 August, 2017

The Taylor Swift Groping Trial, Day 1: What's at Stake

Taylor Swift Expected To Testify Against DJ Who Allegedly Sexually Assault Her Taylor Swift expected to testify in photo grope case
Edmund Wade | 08 August, 2017, 00:29

Taylor Swift sat next to her lawyers at a federal courthouse in Denver on Monday as jury selection began for a trial pitting the pop star against a Colorado radio personality over allegations the former disc jockey fondled her four years ago during a photo shoot.

In her deposition past year, Swift described the incident in detail, explaining how in 2013 the Denver disc jockey allegedly reached his hand up her skirt and groped her backstage at her concert at the Pepsi Centre in Denver. Mueller and his girlfriend met and took a photo with Swift, during which time Swift later accused the DJ of inappropriately groping her butt.

In a deposition, Swift said: "It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life".

Mueller was sacked in June 2013 after Swift claimed he put his hand under her skirt while taking a photo with her backstage.

Swift's mother and a member of her team are also defendants in the lawsuit filed by Mueller. She's seeking damages for $1 and hopes that the verdict serves "as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts", according to her lawsuit.

Her countersuit against Mueller claims sexual assault. Mueller's attorney is arguing that someone besides Mueller groped Swift, and his client will be testifying on his own behalf.

Radio host David Mueller sued the singer-songwriter, saying he was falsely accused and that she should have called police instead of his bosses, who fired him soon after the June 2013 encounter.

As previously reported, the alleged groping incident occurred backstage at one of Swift's shows in Detroit in 2013 during a meet and greet with fans. Swift brought these claims to the courts and stated that Mueller touched her inappropriate when the pair were taking a photograph backstage at one of the singer's concerts.

How did David Mueller respond?

"Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault-it was Mueller-and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit", the documents read. Mueller was removed from the concert after security guards tracked him down, and Swift's team gave the photo to the station.

If you've ever wanted to sit in the courtroom for a big celebrity's trial, you'll have your chance during the Swift ordeal.

Swift and Mueller are both expected to testify, along with Mueller's former boss and members of Swift's entourage.

Swift plans to donate any winnings from the trial to a charity that fights against, and protects women from, sexual assault. Then again, there's no guarantee that they'll stick to any sort of pre-supposed schedule, since Swift's presence/celebrity will add complications to a legal process already bogged down on its own.

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