Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Taylor Swift expected to testify in backstage groping lawsuit case

Taylor Swift expected to testify in backstage groping lawsuit case

Mueller is seeking up to $3 million in damages.

Mueller, 55, sued first, claiming Swift falsely accused him of the groping and pressured station management to oust him from his $150,000-per-year job at the station, according to the lawsuit.

The Associated Press reports jury selection is set to begin today for both sides in their dueling lawsuits.

Andrea Swift and Swift's photographer from the meet-and-greet are just two of the witnesses that are expected to be called to the stand in the civil trial.

The photo shows David Mueller with his right hand behind the singer, just below her waist, before a 2013 concert. She tried to keep the situation "discreet and quiet and confidential" and was upset by Mueller's claim that "for some reason she might have some incentive to actually fabricate this story", her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, has argued in court. The station conducted an investigation and moved to terminate Mueller, Swift's filing states. "This event caused her extreme anxiety because she did not know that Mueller, or anyone else, would grope her private and intimate body part, during an event to which she opened access to her fans and radio personnel as a show of her appreciation", the lawsuit says. Swift filed a counterclaim against him for allegedly groping her. Mueller was removed from the concert after security guards tracked him down, and Swift's team gave the photo to the station. He went to his auto to drop off an autographed photo then returned to the arena, where he was confronted by Swift's security guard.

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TMZ posted the reported photo in question last November.

After the photo was taken, Swift alerted her security staff, who confronted Mueller about it. Taylor accused Mueller of putting his hand up her dress and grabbing her, but rather than notifying police, merely had her own security have Mueller kicked from the venue. "It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life", Swift said of the incident during a deposition. He says Swift then suddenly announced it was time to take the picture, forcing him to jump into the photo "at the last second".

- Frank Bell, a member of the singer's team, will testify about why he contacted Mueller's bosses at KYGO and what was said.

- Greg Dent, Swift's bodyguard, may be called to testify about what he saw during the encounter.

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