Here’s the deal with the Taylor Swift vs. groping DJ court case
The long running legal stoush between Taylor Swift and former Denver country music radio presenter David Mueller over an alleged sexual assault finally gets to play out in court in Denver over the next 24 hours.
The incident took place before Swift’s 2013 concert at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
The problem facing the US District court’s eight-person jury is that both sides are adamant they are right and have been emphatic in court documents that they will not back down.
Both have different stories about what happened at that meet and greet photo session.
Even a photo taken at the event, obtained and sealed by the court from the TMZ website, and where both are smiling and he has his hand around her waist, is being hailed by both as proving their case.
Mueller, from 98.5 KYGO, attended the backstage occasion with his girlfriend, as did a number of fans, a security guard and some of the singer’s team.
According to Swift, in court documents, “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.”
After taking 20 more photos with fans (so as not to cause a scene, her team explained) Swift then reported the incident to her security guard.
Mueller returned to his car to put her autographed photo in and then returned to the arena for the show.
There he was confronted by Swift’s security guard. He says he told him, “Please call the police, because I haven’t done anything.” He and his girlfriend were expelled from the venue.
Swift’s people contacted station management and asked that appropriate action be taken.
Mueller was interviewed by management who sacked him from his $150,000-a-year job after he changed his testimony from not touching her at all to possibly accidentally having done so.
That conversation was taped – but Mueller lost or destroyed that and other key evidence, which last month got him sanctioned by the judge.
He sued for $3 million in September 2013, claiming mistaken identity and that it was his boss who’d done the groping and allegedly boasted about it afterwards.
He also said that Swift and her people should have called the police about the alleged incident, not go to his boss.
Swift’s lawyer has argued that she didn’t go to the police because she wanted to keep the incident “discreet and quiet and confidential” and was upset by Mueller’s claim she might have some incentive to actually fabricate this story”.
Swift counter-sued a month later, and stated she would donate any money won in the trial to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard”.