One of music’s biggest superstars, Taylor Swift, will testify in her civil trial against former radio host David Mueller. According to Swift, Mueller groped her.
Jury selection for the trial started Monday.
Taylor Swift and David Mueller are expected to face off with differing stories regarding the allegations of sexual assault.
According to Mueller, who was 51 when the incident occurred, he is being falsely accused of groping the young female recording artist.
Reportedly, Mueller was a morning host at a country music station when he was assigned to attend Swift’s concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. While backstage with his girlfriend, Mueller met with Swift, then 23, in a curtained enclosure. It was inside the enclosure where the two posed for a photo.
Taylor Swift’s bodyguard accused Mueller of reaching under Swift’s dress and groping her buttocks. Mueller denied the allegation, and told Taylor’s team to call the police. He was then escorted out of the venue. Swift’s management team then called Mueller’s bosses at the radio station to complain.
Mueller was fired after the June 2013 incident. In return, he went on to sue Swift for her allegations, seeking up to $3 million in damages.
Mueller says if Taylor Swift felt abused, she should have called police instead of his bosses at the radio station.
Swift countersued Mueller, claiming the radio host sexually assaulted her.
The civil trial is set to open where the singer is expected to testify against Mueller.
According to her lawsuit, Swift is seeking just $1 (one dollar) in damages, and a verdict that holds Mueller responsible. She wants this suit to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
In response to Mueller’s statement that questions why Swift didn’t call the cops, she said she never went to the police due to her preference to keep the situation “discreet, quiet, and confidential.” Swift’s attorney, Douglas Baldridge, says the superstar was upset by Mueller’s claim that she might have some incentive to actually fabricate this story.
Mueller’s legal defense says he may have been misidentified by Taylor’s staff, claiming that someone else groped Swift.
Mueller is also expected to testify, as will Mueller’s former boss. Also on the list is Swift’s mother and members of her entourage.
According to reports, security at the courthouse will be intensified for the case which is expected to last at least 2 weeks.
On Tuesday, lawyers in the case are expected to make opening statements. Court documents indicate neither side is likely to settle.
ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. One of the most popular contemporary female recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Her eponymous debut album in 2006 peaked at number five on Billboard 200 and spent the most weeks on the chart in the 2000s. The album’s third single, “Our Song“, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me“, Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner.
Swift was the sole writer of her 2010 album, Speak Now. It debuted at number one in the United States and the single “Mean” won two Grammy Awards. Her fourth album, Red (2012), yielded the successful singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble“. With her fifth album, the pop-focused 1989 (2014), she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the United States. Its singles “Shake It Off“, “Blank Space“, and “Bad Blood” reached number one in the US, Australia, and Canada. The album received three Grammy Awards, and Swift became the first woman and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice. The 2015 eponymous concert tour for 1989 became one of highest-grossing of the decade.
As a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of ten Grammy Awards, five Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, 21 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award. Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.1 million in the US—and 130 million single downloads. She has appeared in Time‘s 100 most influential people in the world (2010 and 2015), Forbes‘ top-earning women in music (2011–2015), Forbes‘ 100 most powerful women (2015), and Forbes Celebrity 100 (2016). She was the youngest woman to be included in the third of these and ranked first in Celebrity 100, and was also one of the finalists of Time Person of the Year in 2014.
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