Jury selection ends for day in Taylor Swift case

Tomas Mccoy
August 10, 2017

The former Denver DJ who says he hasn't been able to find radio work since he was accused of groping pop star Taylor Swift during a meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center in June 2013 admits the photo of the incident was "awkward" and that the two were "jostling" as he slid into the frame.

In a courtroom sketch, Taylor Swift, left, and a defense attorney look on as former radio host David Mueller speaks during a civil trial in federal court in Denver on Tuesday.

Swift, who's also expected to testify, claimed in a countersuit obtained by ABC News that Mueller "took his hand and put it up my dress" during the publicity event, and it "was not an accident".

During Mueller's statements, Swift's mother Andrea became visibly tearful.

He consistently pointed back to things involving Mueller and KYGO that happened before Mueller even attended the Swift meet-and-greet that Baldridge and Swift's team say show Mueller was already likely on the way out before the Swift allegation came to light.

The pop star has since responded with a suit of her own.

Both accusations will now form part of the same trial.

Baldridge says: "That's the one and only story we have to tell you - that Mr Mueller grabbed her rear end".

Swift plans on donating any money awarded to her to "charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard".

Mueller is suing for $3 million dollars.

Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault by Mueller. Swift counter sued, accusing Mueller of assault and battery.

As the trial continues to move forward-it was scheduled to last nine days and is expected to conclude on August 24-here's a rundown of everything that's gone on so far. In court filings, Swift said her representatives informed KYGO management about the incident, but she did not demand Mueller be fired.

David Mueller, 51 at the time, was a veteran morning-show host, producer and radio professional who'd worked for stations in San Diego, Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio, before joining KYGO's morning-show team in 2012.

Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, said in opening statements on Tuesday that inappropriate touching was "offensive" and "wrong", adding, "Falsely accusing is equally offensive and it's equally wrong".

A short time later, Mueller was approached by a security guard who accused him of inappropriately grabbing Swift, which he denied.

He goes back after Mueller's claim that his knuckles had brushed Swift's ribs, and asks Mueller to recount the "jostling" that took place as they got together during the photo.

The singer's lawyer, Douglas Baldridge, attacked the credibility of former Denver DJ David Mueller on Tuesday, asking jurors: "What's wrong with this picture?"

Jury selection is to start Monday. The two cases were merged for trial. "This side has never changed its position", he said.

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