Taylor Swift was in court on Tuesday for the opening statements in her groping trial, as she faced off with the DJ she claims “grabbed onto my a** cheek,” in an assault during a photo meet and greet in 2013. The "Bad Blood" singer wore a black dress and her blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail intently watching on as the two men, six women jury was selected while opening statements began in the case. DJ David Mueller sued Swift for $3 million, claiming she ruined his career by falsely accusing him of groping her and she filed a countersuit saying his groping was “assault and battery.” Click through the gallery to see Swift in the court as the case began.
Swift’s trial was being held in the Federal Courthouse in Denver, CO because neither party lived in the same state. No cameras were allowed but a court sketch was released of the 27-year-old superstar sitting with her mother, Andrea Swift, and her legal team on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 as she prepared to testify that she was assaulted by the DJ.
“He grabbed her rear, he victimized her by filing this lawsuit, & now he wants her to pay,” Swift’s attorney, Douglas Baldridge, argued during his opening statements. The photograph that shows Swift, Mueller and his girlfriend together at the meet and greet — in which the singer claims proves he was assaulting her — was shown to the jury.
“Ms. Swift will get on the stand and tell you that she is absolutely certain David Mueller grabbed her rear,” her attorney insisted to the jury. Swift claims she was unable to get away from Mueller’s groping while they were taking photos during her Red tour in 2013.
The "Shake It Off" singer’s attorney also told the jury that Mueller “destroyed key evidence,” in the trial and that multiple computer devices went missing. He told the jury she was only seeking $1 “to let people know you can say no and that grabbing a woman’s rear is an assault.”
Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, told the court that his client “unequivocally denies he inappropriately touched Taylor Swift.” He said that “sexual assault and falsely accusing someone of sexual assault are not tolerable,” but that his client was innocent and was unfairly fired by radio station KYGO after Swift and her team complained about him. McFarland said Mueller’s career had been ruined by Swift. Stay with Radar for updates to the story.
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