Taking the witness stand on the first day of testimony at the federal court trial of their duelling lawsuits, Denver radio personality David Mueller said Swift's allegations, which he emphatically denied, "cost me my career, my passion, my income".
She is charged in 2015 with the defamation of a #Denver-area radio DJ who was sacked from his job after she accused him of groping her during a 2013 meet-and-greet. Mueller denied any wrongdoing and promptly sued Swift for slander after the event, claiming that he was sacked from his job at KYGO radio after her team informed his bosses of the event.
Mueller also testified that one of his station bosses, Hershel Coomer, who is expected to give evidence, told him that he had met Swift earlier before the show and that "he told me that he had his hands on her butt". She says she does not know Mueller and has no incentive to target him or to fabricate a story.
Taylor Swift shot daggers at a former deejay accused of groping her as he spent a second day on the stand struggling to shake off questions from her pit bull lawyer.
In his opening statement, Mueller's lawer David McFarland said his client's hand "is not underneath Miss Swift's skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion".
Swift, one of the most powerful celebrities in the world, has been present in court in Denver along with her mother, Andrea, and Bell. Their arms had touched when they tried to get together for the photo, Mueller claimed, and he "may have" brushed his fist against what he thought were her ribs.
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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).
Mueller's suit didn't seek a specific monetary amount but an expert retained by the ex-radio host determined that almost $3 million was a fair compensation for damages.
Baldridge emphasized the age difference between Mueller, then 51, and Swift, then 23.
Taylor Swift is counter suing, claiming assault.
The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
The photo shows Mueller with his hand behind Swift, just below her waist. "He wants to make the victim pay the price, he is seeking 15 times what his contract with the radio station was worth in damages, and Ms Swift is seeking to show women [that] you can say no". Mueller denied "unequivocally" that he intentionally groped the singer, according to the documents.
Swift's attorney Doug Baldridge asked Mueller why he didn't bring this up as he was being escorted out of the venue by security and during the ensuing conversations leading up to his firing from KYGO. This case highlights the importance of sexual assault and it's a great experience for girls to see that it will not be tolerated. He also said it was an assault, not inappropriate touching. "This side has never changed its position", he said.