Monday marks the beginning of a nine-day trial in civil court for Taylor Swift, who’s being sued by a radio DJ who claims she falsely accused him of groping her over four years ago.
In June 2013, Swift met then-radio host and disc jockey David Mueller at a meet-and-greet event. Afterward, Swift alleged that he’d groped her while they were taking a photo. Following the incident, a member of Swift’s team confronted him, and Mueller and his girlfriend, who was also in attendance, were escorted off the premises. Mueller sued Swift over two years later in September 2015 for $3 million and claimed that her team called his boss following the supposed encounter instead of the police and got him fired over what he sees as a false accusation.
Soon after, Swift countersued Mueller and alleged that she was sexually assaulted. “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. “It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.” The singer-songwriter is only seeking one dollar in damages, saying that she hopes the case “[serves] as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
The trial is taking place in the U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado, as the claim is over $75,000 and Swift and Mueller live in different parts of the country. Mueller’s attorney is arguing that someone besides Mueller groped Swift, and his client will be testifying on his own behalf. In Swift’s testimony, her team said she’ll argue that she had no reason to accuse Mueller of sexual assault if it didn’t occur, as she didn’t know him before the incident and didn’t have any motive to try and terminate his employment. Swift’s bodyguard and a photographer who took a picture that Swift says shows the assault occurring will give eyewitness accounts on her behalf.
According to court documents, a settlement in the case is off the table at this point.
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