Monday, 21 August, 2017

Taylor Swift appears in court for assault case against DJ

Taylor Swift's defense team digs into former DJ in cross-examination to kick off trial Taylor Swift Appears in Court for Cross Examinations on Day 2 of Groping Trial
Edmund Wade | 10 August, 2017, 00:09

MUELLER has steadfastly denied inappropriately touching the singer at the 2013 pre-concert meet-and-greet, and repeated his denial on the stand, admitting that he may have touched her ribs with a closed hand while trying to reach around her posing for a photo.

The DJ was sacked from his job at KYGO after Taylor's team told his boss that he had grabbed her bum during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 concert.

Arthur Lewis, also 32 and a real estate agent, said he's "a big supporter of Taylor Swift and just wanted to check it out".

In his opening statement on Tuesday, Mueller's lawyer Gabriel McFarland told the Denver court: "Let's be clear about something from the onset - inappropriate touching is offensive, it's wrong, and it should never be tolerated".

"My hand came into contact with a part of her body... what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs", claimed Mueller when examined.

"She reacted, pushed her skirt down and jumped to the side", Baldridge said.

As Swift's attorneys tried to take the higher ground in the he-said she said case, Mueller's attorneys tried to paint their client as someone who just wants to clear his name and recover his lost earnings.

They were questioned specifically about their familiarity with either Swift or Mueller and whether they considered themselves to be fans of their work.

Swift's lawyer Douglas Baldridge accused Mueller of giving different accounts of what happened and of further victimising the popstar. He says he "didn't want to hurt" Swift when sliding his fist across her back.

During Mueller's statements, Swift's mother Andrea became visibly tearful.

According to her lawyer, Swift is absolutely certain she was sexually assaulted - and he asked why the singer would ever make up such a claim.

She alleges that Mueller slipped his hand under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom as they posed. So many women and girls, including myself, have been subjected to this level of sexual assault and it's about time the perpetrators faced the consequences of their actions.

Lawyer David Baldridge said Wednesday during a civil trial in the groping case that Swift's bodyguard Greg Dent had testified in a deposition that he had seen Mueller lift Swift's skirt.

When court resumed about two hours after the scheduled start, the judge did not elaborate on exactly what the hearing was about, though he indicated it did concern some evidence.

Both Mueller and Swift's attorneys used a photo since leaked to TMZ from the June 2, 2013 meet-and-greet as evidence during cross-examination and redirect.

Mueller testified he had no inkling anything was amiss until approached that evening by a member of Swift's security team who related her allegation to him, threatened to call the police and then told Mueller he was banned from all future Swift concerts. It's ironic that Mueller would mention Mayer, the ex about whom Swift penned "Dear John" (whose lyrics include "Don't you think nineteen's too young to be played by your dark twisted games").

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