David Mueller being sued by Taylor Swift over 'groping allegations'

Posted August 10, 2017

The third day of the trial between Taylor Swift and a former Denver radio DJ accused of groping her at a photo shoot in June 2013 is underway in Denver Wednesday.

Ex DJ David Mueller has told the Taylor Swift fondling trial that a radio executive of his former employer boasted to him that he had had "his hands on her butt".

Mueller, a morning talk show host at the station, was sacked on June 4, two days after he met with Swift before a concert and allegedly stuck his hand under her dress and grabbed her buttocks.

But Ms Swift's attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said Mr Mueller had given seven accounts of what happened.

Swift was moved to tears during the opening statements.

David Mueller, wearing a dark suit, sat Monday at the plaintiff's table with his back turned to Swift, who sat at a nearby table with her mother, Andrea Swift, and their attorneys.

Mueller's lawyer Gabe McFarland once again asked his client where his hand was moving towards when he posed for the photo with Swift. After all, she is showing up for a trial wherein she is both defendant and counter-claimant.

McFarland said: 'David Mueller unequivocally denies he touched her inappropriately in anyway.

And if Swift is awarded additional damages, she plans to donate the money to causes "dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard" (per CNN).

Swift has countersued Mueller, claiming sexual assault. She is expected to take the witness stand later in the trial.

Swift is also expected to testify in the future. Kuta said she remembered the 2013 concert where Mueller met Swift; she'd written lyrics down her arm and dressed as a star, a play on the title of one of Swift's songs, "Starlight".

Mueller was sacked two days after the allegations by his local employer, radio station KYGO.

Mueller's lawyer told jurors that inappropriate touching is wrong, but falsely accusing someone of the offence is equally unacceptable.

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 court public information officer says these conferences are usually held to introduce evidence or discuss procedure, but there's also a possibility that settlements come out of these discussions in some cases.

Baldridge stressed the absence of evidence from Mueller's various broken electronic devices, as well as his prior conflict with Haskell (a self-described "vindictive" person, per Mueller) and his relegation to the public, not media, photo-booth line at that 2013 concert that made him feel ignored by Swift.

In turn, Swift is also suing for a monetary amount - but it is far less than what the former DJ is asking.

Swift, one of the most successful contemporary music artists, earned $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016, following a world tour and her best-selling 1989 album, Forbes Magazine said. Court documents say it is unlikely that either side will settle.