Taylor Swift Observes Jury Selection For Her Trial Against Denver DJ

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Taylor is expected to take the stand during the trial in U.S. District court to testify about the incident, which resulted in broadcaster David Mueller’s firing from Colorado music station KYGO-FM. Officials expect the jury to be seated and opening statements to begin on Tuesday.

Former KYGO morning show host David Mueller, who was known professionally as “Jackson,” claims he lost his job after Swift falsely accused him of improperly touching her at a meet-and-greet at Pepsi Center.

Mueller denies anything inappropriate occurred during the brief backstage encounter in which he stood on one side of the pop star and his girlfriend on the other. His lawsuit said Swift’s accusation is “nonsense.”

The litigation centers on Swift’s allegations that Mueller slipped his hand under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom as they posed during a meet-and-greet session before her June 2, 2013, concert in Denver.

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

Mueller, 55, sued first, claiming that Swift falsely accused him of the groping and pressured station management to oust him from his $150,000-per-year job, according to the lawsuit.

Mueller is suing under tort claims of interference with contractual obligations and prospective business relations. Jurors will determine what monetary damages, if any, he is entitled to if Swift is found liable.

He sued Swift, her mother, Andrea, and her radio promotions director, Frank Bell, in 2015. His lawsuit alleged that they reported the incident to his employers and pressured them to “do the right thing,” leading to his termination. He is seeking $3 million in damages.

Swift countersued for assault and battery, and that became part of the same trial.

In court filings, Swift said her representatives informed KYGO management about the incident but she did not demand that Mueller be fired. The radio station fired Mueller two days after the incident for violating the morality clause of his contract, court documents show.

The judge has placed a gag order on all parties, and attorneys for both sides did not respond to messages seeking comment.

 

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