Jury selection began Monday in the civil trial involving musician Taylor Swift and a former KYGO DJ who is accused of groping her. In 2015, Mueller sued Swift for making false accusations about groping her butt during a meet-and-greet in 2013 that resulted in his termination. Mueller actually went legal first, in 2015, suing the musician for defamation after he lost his job on a local radio station two days after meeting her.
Finally, jurors were asked if they or anyone in their immediate family are fans of Taylor Swift, and if they had recently listened to our purchased any of her music. TMZ published the photo in question last November.
Swift's lawyers called the image "damning" proof that Mueller inappropriately touched her. Mueller argues it shows him trying to jump into the frame.
In court filings, Mueller denied he groped Swift and "has testified unequivocally that 'I am sure that I did not'".
Mueller was sacked on June 4th, 2013 after Swift's team gave the photo to the radio station. David Mueller's attorney has confirmed that Mueller will also be testifying in the trial.
Swift and her mother Andrea will both take to the stand during the trial, as will Mueller and Shannon Melcher - his co-host on the day of the alleged assault and his girlfriend at the time.
Later, Swift's bodyguard confronted Mueller with the allegation that he had reached under the singer's dress and grabbed her.
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It's not clear when during the trial, expected to last nine days, Ms.
In it, Mueller's hand is hidden behind the singer near her bottom but he claims the only physical contact they had was when their arms brushed as they took their positions.
Swift countersued, alleging sexual battery by Mueller.
Mueller says he was verbally abused and kicked out of the venue by her security.
Swift is countersuing, claiming sexual assault.
Swift's security guard was about 3 feet (about 1 meter) away during the meet-and-greet, Mueller says.
Bell and Swift's mother are also expected to testify with Taylor, as is Lorraine Bayard de Volo, chair and associate professor of women and gender studies at the University of Colorado, who will offer expert testimony on the conduct of and ramifications for victims of sexual assault and harassment, CNN reports. If you're not one of those groups of 32, an overflow room in the courthouse will be made available for an additional 75 people, who will be allowed to watch the trial on closed-circuit television. Swift might appear. The presiding judge, William J. Martínez, has warned anyone who hopes to attend to refrain from wearing clothing "bearing the name or likeness of any of the parties".