Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Jury selection ends for day in Taylor Swift case

Jury selection ends for day in Taylor Swift case

The Colorado radio personality sued, claiming Taylor falsely accused him of the groping and pressured station management to fire him from his $150,000-a-year job. Mueller also said he spilled water on a second computer, and accidentally smashed an iPad.

Mueller filed his case in 2015 and is suing for $3 million resulting from damages, embarrassment, and lost wages.

In the image, the DJ's hand is level with the pop-star's backside but it's not clear if he is touching her.

David Mueller denies groping the pop star as they posed for a photograph but said he may have touched her ribs with a closed hand. "It's not ruffled, rumbled, affected in any form or fashion", he said.

Mueller says he did not grope Taylor Swift while they were taking a picture before the show and she cost him his job when her team claimed he assaulted the superstar. He was sacked from his $150,000 job after being accused by Swift.

Swift's lawyer argued the entertainer also had no impact on Mueller's career stalling, saying the DJ had only sent packets containing his headshot, biography and audio samples to the top 20 radio markets following his dismissal from KYGO.

The attorneys for both parties are now in another private sidebar conference that was called for in the middle of cross-examination on Mueller.

Mr Baldridge did get Mueller to concede that various supervisors with KYGO and its parent firm had discussed the possibility of letting him go even before the encounter with Swift.

Swift's attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said in his opening statement that Mueller gave multiple stories about what happened and destroyed taped conversations he had with his boss. Lady Gaga, who has spoken about being raped when younger, has also said nothing, as has Madonna.

Mueller's suit didn't seek a specific monetary amount but an expert retained by the ex-radio host determined that almost $3 million was a fair compensation for damages.

Mueller is a former radio show host.

When Mueller couldn't answer that question, Baldridge looked at the jury and simply said "I think I've made my case". Baldridge asked the jurors.

He detailed being kicked out of Swift's show later that evening after he and his girlfriend were accosted by Swift's security team, and said that his superior at KYGO, Eddie Haskell, had called him that night to tell him he was on paid leave pending a meeting with Haskell and station general manager Bob Call. She occaisionally wrote out notes to pass to her lawyers.

The mother testified that after hearing of the alleged incident, she "was upset tot he extent like I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time".

Baldridge asked Mueller if he felt invisible at that moment. "If anyone touched her rear, she'd have a right to not like that". He frequently challenged Mueller's statements by referring him back to his deposition testimony, rereading sections verbatim and then asking, "Did I read that correctly?"

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