Taylor Swift In Court For Groping Trial – The Lowdown

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Taylor Swift accuses David Mueller of groping her a a meet and greet in 2013 (Shutterstock)

You might have missed it while making up for lost time playing her full back catalogue on Spotify but Taylor Swift is currently appearing in court after accusing a radio DJ of groping her.

The pop megastar, 27, has taken legal action against David Mueller, 55, who she claims grabbed her “bare ass” under her dress while they posed for a photo together at a meet and greet during her 2013 Red tour.

Mueller lost his job two days later after Swift’s team complained to his boss. He sued her for damage to reputation as a result, denying the incident ever happened, but she quickly countersued for assault, insisting that the alleged grope was “completely intentional” and left her “feeling violated in a way [she] had never experienced before”.

The trial is ongoing and we will bring you the outcome as soon as it is determined, but for now, here are the key facts to get you up to speed:

She is sure it happened…

Swift stated at the pretrial deposition that Mueller “took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much [she] scooted over it was still there.”

“It was not an accident, it was completely intentional and I have never been so sure of anything in my life,” she said in publicly available court documents.

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…but he denies it

Mueller’s lawyer wrote in court documents that “the contention that Mr Mueller lifted up Ms Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bottom, while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms Swift’s photographer and Ms Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during a company-sponsored, VIP, backstage meet-and-greet, is nonsense.

Mueller added that he has never been accused of physical misconduct during previous meetings with “hundreds of celebrities”.

Photographic evidence is being used

There is a photo being used by Swift’s lawyers, showing Mueller standing next to her with his hand positioned close to her bum. It has been leaked to TMZ.

The photo is taken front-on, meaning his hand cannot be seen clearly, but it appears to negate Mueller’s claim that he may have touched her “rib cage”.

Mueller’s team, however, claim that the photo proves that Swift’s skirt was not lifted as it appears to be “in place”.

Swift did not report Mueller to police

Swift chose not to report Mueller to police, explaining in court that she wanted the situation to remain “discreet and quiet and confidential”. It was only when Mueller sued her that she decided to take action.

Numerous witnesses are giving evidence

Swift herself has already testified, with other witnesses including her mother Andrew, her bodyguard Greg Dent and the photographer. Mueller’s then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher, who is also in the photo, will testify for the defence.

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Making up the jury proved complicated

Potential jurors had to fill out a 15-page questionnaire to determine whether they had experience of assault – be it as a victim or someone who had been falsely accused – and whether they were fans of Swift.

The first day of selection saw no jurors selected as they either criticised Swift or had friends who had suffered from assault. Eventually, an eight-person jury was selected, consisting of six women and two men.

The public can watch the trial

There are 32 seats at the court in Denver, Colorado held each day for the public. Queues have been forming, however, and seats are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Swift isn’t doing it for the money

Mueller is seeking $3 million in damages while Swift is only seeking a symbolic $1. She hopes to serve as an “example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts”.

She plans to donate any financial reward to charities “supporting survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence”, Newsweek reports.

The trial continues.

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