Taylor Swift groping trial hangs on a few voices and a photo

Oscar Cross
August 9, 2017

Jurors will determine what monetary damages, if any, he is entitled to if Swift is found liable.

Taylor Swift sat quietly in a Denver courtroom as her lawyers picked jurors on Monday for a trial pitting the pop star against a Colorado radio personality she accuses of fondling her four years ago during a photo shoot.

One man who ultimately was not selected told U.S. District Judge William Martinez on Tuesday that he was not necessarily a fan, "but her music is catchy and it's good vibes".

Wearing a dark blouse and with her hair pulled back, she was accompanied in court by her mother Andrea.

Jurors will try to decide whether a radio host groped the pop superstar during a photo op before a concert in Denver in 2013 - and whether she and her team got him fired.

The civil lawsuit centers on Swift's allegation that former KYGO morning show host David Mueller, known professionally as "Jackson", inappropriately touched her during a June 2013 meet-and-greet at Denver's Pepsi Center arena.

"It was not an accident", Swift said of the incident, "it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life".

Swift, who was 23 at the time of the incident, countersued Mueller, accusing him of "reaching under her dress and grabbing her bottom" as they posed for a photo.

In a videotaped deposition she gave past year, Swift claims she felt "distressed" and "violated" after the alleged incident.

Meanwhile Mueller has denied doing anything inappropriate during the brief stage encounter and he saying that Swift's allegations are all "nonsense".

Both are expected to testify during the trial.

The photo of that meet-and-greet, which was leaked past year and shown in court on Tuesday, will be a central piece of evidence in the trial.

Mueller and his witnesses will be first to take the stand and be cross-examined after opening statements.

The radio station fired Mueller two days after the incident for violating the morality clause of his contract, court documents show.

Initially, Swift attempted 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.

One juror was dismissed over his answer to the question, "In a lawsuit between David Mueller and Taylor Swift would you have bias for or against either Taylor Swift or David Mueller?"

Jury selection began on Monday and continued into Tuesday. She says she wants to hold Mueller accountable and is seeking $1.

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