Taylor Swift trial over alleged DJ groping incident to begin jury selection

Taylor Swift grope suit finally heads to court
Taylor Swift expected to testify in photo grope case
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08 August, 2017

Taylor Swift is expected to testify in court this month against a former radio host who she claims groped her.

'It was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life, ' she added, according to the transcript of Swift's videotaped deposition.

He was terminated from his position on June 4, 2013, two days after the alleged incident with Swift.

With Taylor Swift looking on, potential jurors in her lawsuit against an ex-Denver radio host were asked Monday whether they had ever been inappropriately touched or wrongly accused of groping someone - the issues at the centre of the case.

In addition to Swift, Mueller named her mother and a member of her team as defendants in the lawsuit. He also insisted other business opportunities were taken away from him as a result of Swift's allegations against him.

She is seeking a verdict that awards her $1, while holding Mueller responsible and "serving as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts".

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She 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. Her lawyers have called the photo "damning" proof that Mueller groped her.

He and Melcher were then escorted out of the Pepsi Center and he was sacked two days later, after Swift's radio promotions manager Frank Bell told Mueller's bosses about the incident.

Swift's counter lawsuit claims one count of assault and one count of battery, according to the documents.

Mueller denies any inappropriate contact. The disc jockey later sued the singer-songwriter, saying he had been falsely accused and wanted $3 million in damages. The recording was all set to be a crucial part of the legal debate, but Mueller ended up destroying or throwing away the four electronic devices it was allegedly stored on.

The radio station interviewed Mueller and fired him, citing a morality clause in his contract that allows his employer to fire him for conduct that could reflect unfavorably on the station or its sponsors, court documents say. Opening statements were expected to begin Tuesday in the case that could last two weeks. The trial is expected to last nine days; likely until August 17. Members of her staff tracked down Mr. Mueller and Ms. Melcher in the Pepsi Center and escorted them out. Ms.

During that time, Swift claims he reached under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom - telling court in a sworn deposition that "it was not an accident". 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.


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