Entertainment DJ David Mueller denies groping Taylor Swift on first day of trial as she counter-sues for $1

11:36  11 august  2017
11:36  11 august  2017 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

Taylor Swift's mum emotional as groping trial begins with opening statements

  Taylor Swift's mum emotional as groping trial begins with opening statements Taylor Swift's mother wiped away tears in court on Tuesday (08Aug17) as the singer's attorney took aim at a Colorado DJ accused of groping the pop superstar. David Mueller filed a $3 million (£2.3 million) suit against Swift in September, 2015, claiming he lost his job at Denver radio station KYGO after the singer falsely accused him of lifting up her skirt and touching her butt during a backstage meet-and-greet at a 2013 concert in the city. The Shake It Off hitmaker fired back in a countersuit, accusing him of sexual assault and battery. Jury selection began in a federal court on Monday (07Aug17), and by Tuesday morning (08Aug17), two men and six women had been chosen to hear the civil trial, which immediately got underway with opening statements. As Swift's attorney, Douglas Baldridge, laid out his case, he questioned what possible motive the 27-year-old would have to make up her allegations. "That's the one and only story we have to tell you - that Mr. Mueller grabbed her rear end," he told the court. Baldridge claimed Swift was "taking a stand for all women" by bringing forth the lawsuit, and underlined the significance of the star only suing for $1 (£0.80) in damages, explaining it's important Mueller is held accountable for his reported actions. Describing the alleged incident as "a case of sexual assault in the workplace," Baldridge added, "A woman is assaulted.

Taylor Swift will testify against DJ David Mueller over claims he groped her bum in 2013 Neilson Barnard/Getty Images. Swift is counter - suing Mueller for $ 1 in compensation and says she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.

MUSIC superstar Taylor Swift told a jury of her shock as she realised her "bare a** cheek" was being groped during a photo shoot ahead of a gig in the United States. This photo is at the centre of the court case in which Taylor Swift accuses David Mueller of ‘ groping ’ her .

taylor-swift-testifies-calls-the-groping-horrifying-and-shocking © Provided by IBT Media (UK) taylor-swift-testifies-calls-the-groping-horrifying-and-shocking

Former radio DJ David Mueller has denied groping Taylor Swift on the first day of his trial in court on Monday 8 August.

Mueller has been accused of sexually assaulting the singing superstar during a photo opportunity before a concert in 2013, and Swift claims that she is "certain" she was assaulted.

A key piece of evidence in the lawsuit is a picture of Swift, Mueller and his then-girlfriend which lawyers of the singer argue is "damning" proof that the host had touched her backside.

His lawyer questioned him at the civil trial and Mueller said that he possibly touched Swift's ribs with a closed hand accidentally during an encounter that lasted no more than 40 seconds.

Taylor Swift's mum sobs while testifying against Denver DJ

  Taylor Swift's mum sobs while testifying against Denver DJ Taylor Swift's mum blasted disgraced DJ David Mueller during testimony in her daughter's groping case on Wednesday (09Aug17), insisting she has no doubt he "assaulted" the singer. Swift returned to court in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday afternoon and faced off with the radio host she accused of touching her butt during a backstage meet and greet in 2013. The 27-year-old's mother Andrea took the stand and tearfully recalled her daughter telling her what had happened. "I knew what happened, I heard it from her, I heard it from my daughter’s mouth," she said. "He sexually assaulted her, right there, that guy." She pointed at Mueller, who lost his job at a local radio station when the scandal broke. "She (Taylor) couldn't believe that after he grabbed her, that she thanked them for being there," Andrea recalled. "It was just destroying her that she said that As a parent it made me question why I taught her to be so polite in that moment." The singer's mum went on to explain they opted not to report the alleged assault to the police, because they didn’t want the incident to to "define" Taylor‘s life. "I was upset to the point where I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time," Andrea testified. "We felt it was imperative to let his employers know what happened.

Taking the witness stand on the first day of testimony at the federal court trial of their dueling lawsuits, Denver radio personality David Mueller said Swift ’s allegations, which he emphatically denied , “cost me my career, my passion, my income.”

On the first day of the trial , David Mueller denies groping the star in 2013 - but Swift says she is "certain" she was assaulted. A former radio DJ has insisted in court that he did not grope Taylor Swift .

Mueller explained that he and the Shake It Off singer attempted to reach around one another and "our hands touched and our arms touched".

Swift and Mueller met on 2 June 2013 when Swift was touring to promote her album RED. Mueller was invited to meet and greet Swift backstage at her Pepsi Center show on the RED tour and he and his partner at the time, Shannon Melcher, posed with the singer for a photo.

Taylor Swift Trial: What To Know About The Groping Case © Provided by IBT Media (UK) Taylor Swift Trial: What To Know About The Groping Case
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It was reported that Swift "suddenly announced it was picture time" and she quickly put her right arm around Mueller – who jumped into the photo "at the last second" according to the first lawsuit which was filed by Mueller. Swift is said to have thanked them and they left.

Taylor Swift testifies in assault and battery trial

  Taylor Swift testifies in assault and battery trial Taylor Swift has recalled in court the moment she felt a disgraced DJ's hand on her butt as her assault and battery trial continues. The singer took the stand early on Thursday (10Aug17), and told the Denver, Colorado court there's still no doubt in her mind former KYGO radio host David Mueller touched her inappropriately during a meet-and-greet backstage at a 2013 show in the city. "It was a definite grab, (a) very long grab," ​the pop star said. "It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional. He stayed on my bare a** cheek as I lurched away from him uncomfortably. The first couple of milliseconds, I thought it must be a mistake. I moved to the side very quickly It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before… He grabbed my a** underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt." "After this happened, a light switched off in my personality," she added. "I just said, in a monotone voice, thank you for coming and then they were gone." Mueller sued Swift in 2015, claiming she'd falsely accused him of groping her and cost him his job. Swift, who is only seeking $1 in damages, counter​-​sued for assault and battery. The singer's mother, Andrea, took the stand on Wednesday (09Aug17) and fought back tears as she recalled her daughter telling her about the butt grab.

The lawsuit filed against superstar Taylor Swift by David Mueller , a DJ known as Jackson during his days on the air at popular country-music broadcaster KYGO, is certainly unusual. After all, Mueller 's complaint, included in its entirety below, blames Swift

Former DJ David Mueller sued Swift after she said he touched her backside before a concert in Denver in 2013. He's seeking at least million. Swift countersued for sexual assault and is seeking $ 1 .

A member of Swift's security team later accused the radio DJ of grabbing Swift's bottom and on 4 June 2013, Mueller was fired from his $150,000-a-year "dream job" at KYGO-FM.

The country and western DJ is suing Swift for at least $3m (£2.3m) in order to clear his name and recover lost earnings.

Taylor Swift © Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Taylor Swift

Swift is counter-suing Mueller for $1 in compensation and says she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.

The singer's mother Andrea cried as she listened to opening statements in the Denver courtroom. Swift's lawyer states that she is "absolutely certain" she was sexually assaulted.

She alleges that Mueller slipped his hand under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom as they posed. She was 23 at the time of the assault.

Her lawyer said that Mueller has changed his account of the incident seven times and destroyed evidence.

Mueller's lawyer claimed that the photo shows his client's hand "is not underneath Miss Swift's skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion."

The trial – which saw 25 members of the public in court to witness the hearing – is expected to last for 10 days.

Taylor Swift sparks comeback talk as she clears social media pages .
Taylor Swift has left fans with a Blank Space after clearing her social media pages and making her official website go dark. Devotees noticed something was going on on Friday (18Aug17) when the pop superstar deleted her avatar photo and header on both Twitter and Facebook, and removed all posts from her Instagram page, which boasts more than 100 million followers. She also went one step further by taking down her website content, replacing it with a plain, black screen instead. A representative for Taylor has yet to reveal the reason for the clean slate, but many fans are speculating the fresh start could indicate the imminent announcement of a new album. "All Taylor Swift's social medias are like this," read a Twitter message on one fan account, alongside images of the deleted avatars. "Is the new era coming or she has been hacked ??" Others were quick to note the timing of the social media shake-up. "Three year anniversary of the 1989 album announcement . and now we are getting SOME MAJOR HINTS. @taylorswift13 #TS6IsComing," one excited fan posted about the prospect of Taylor releasing her sixth solo album, as another shared, "I'm dead, I can't take this @taylorswift13 , I'm shivering , I can't imagine anything above 1989 , #TS6IsComing". The Bad Blood hitmaker released her last project, 1989, in October, 2014.

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