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Taylor Swift groping trial: everything you need to know about the case

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Taylor Swift groping trial: everything you need to know about the case

A civil court case involving Taylor Swift has just begun in Denver, Colorado. The disagreement is between the 27-year-old singer and a 55-year-old former radio DJ called David Mueller, whom Swift says groped her at a concert in 2013; he lost his job as a result of the allegation, which he still denies. Here’s what you need to know about the ongoing trial, the facts behind it, and what’s happening right now.

What’s happening right now?

An eight-person jury has been selected for the trial. It consists of six women and two men.

Mueller is seeking $3m in damages after losing his $150,000 salary. Swift is seeking just $1 (77p), using the trial “an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

Newsweek reports Swift is planning to donate “any financial reward from the trial to charities supporting survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence.”

  • Mueller testified on August 8, saying his meeting with Swift was “weird and awkward.” He said: “I know my hand was touching her rib or her skirt and it went behind her. And her hand – or arm – went behind my arm.” When asked if he had grabbed Swift’s bottom he said: “No, I did not.” He ended his testimony saying: “I’m here to prove that I’m innocent. I had a good reputation in radio and I would like to get it back.”
  • On August 9, Taylor Swift’s mother, Andrea, testified, saying “I went to the dressing room and I saw her face. I could see that there was something horribly wrong. She said: ‘Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass.’ I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time… she was really shaken. She was humiliated.” She added: “He sexually assaulted my daughter,” pointing at Mueller and saying: “Right there, that guy.”
  • On August 10, Taylor Swift testified against Mueller, saying it was “a definite grab. A very long grab. It was intentional… He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek. I felt him grab onto my ass cheek under my skirt. He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt.” She went on, “He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him. [His hand] didn’t let go. It was a very shocking thing. I had never dealt with something like this before.”

When did the incident happen?

On June 2, 2013, when Swift was 23, she was carrying out a meet-and-greet with fans at her show in Denver, Colorado. Mueller, then 51, was a radio show host on Colorado station KYGO, and he posed with Swift for a photo alongside his then-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher. Swift says that as the three of them posed for a photo, Mueller reached under her dress and groped her “ass cheek”. She told her security team, who removed Mueller from the gig. She also told her mother and her management, who passed the photo on to the radio station employing Mueller. They did not inform the police.

Mueller was fired two days later, on June 4, 2013. The photo has since been leaked to TMZ.

What happened next?

Mueller sued Swift in September 2015, claiming the accusations were false, and that they had wrongfully resulted in him losing his job. He claimed that a colleague, Eddie Haskell, was the one who had touched Swift’s bottom.

Swift countersued Mueller in October 2015 for assault and battery. Her countersuit read: “Mueller’s newfound claim that he is the ‘wrong guy’ and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious. 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.”

In August 2016 Mueller tried to have Swift’s counter-suit thrown out of court. He failed, and in October 2016 Swift provided a pre-trial deposition, saying: “Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.”

How did Swift and Mueller’s lawyers begin their arguments?

See a summary of the statements so far from the Denver Post‘s Danika Worthington:

The trial continues.

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