The Taylor Swift Groping Trial, Day 1: What's at Stake

Tomas Mccoy
August 8, 2017

Photo The pop star Taylor Swift is counter-suing a former radio host, who denies her claim that he groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet in Denver.

With Berks County native 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 center of the case.

Way back in June 2013, when Swift was only 23 years old, the singer was at a concert in Denver when she met DJ David Mueller, an employee of local radio station 98.5 KYGO at the time.

According to pre-trial legal documents obtained by CNN, Mueller launched a law suit in 2015 claiming Swift and her co-defendents (including her mother), falsely accused him of improperly touching the star, and is now seeking £2.3 million in damages. Swift also will be required to be in court for every day of the proceedings, except during jury selection. 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.

Jury selection began Monday for David Mueller's lawsuit against Taylor Swift.

Swift and her mother will personally testify at Denver hearing.

Swift's security guard was about 3 feet (about 1 meter) away during the meet-and-greet, Mueller says.

"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", Swift said in court documents.

TMZ posted the reported photo in question last November.

Finally, jurors were asked if they or anyone in their immediate family are fans of Taylor Swift, and if they had recently listened to our purchased any of her music. She said that she countersued to "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts".

'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.

But she does have to be present for the rest of the trial and is expected to testify.

- Andrea Swift, the singer's mother, will testify about the decision to contact Mueller's boss and not call the police. If you're not one of those groups of 32, an overflow room in the courthouse will be made available for an additional 75 people, who will be allowed to watch the trial on closed-circuit television. Swift's bodyguard and a photographer who took a picture that Swift says shows the assault occurring will give eyewitness accounts on her behalf.

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