Taylor Swift in court over claims DJ groped singer before one of her concerts
Taylor Swift was in court on Monday along with her lawyers who picked jurors for a trial pitting the pop star against a radio DJ she accuses of groping her four years ago.
Dressed in a smart black jacket and white top, Taylor, 27, watched the proceedings in a federal courthouse, jotting notes on a pad of paper.
When the judge introduced her, she turned and faced the prospective jurors.
According to TMZ, a questionnaire that prospective jurors had to fill out was trying to determine if they were fans of the superstar.
Taylor is expected to take the stand during the trial in U.S. District court to testify about the incident, which resulted in broadcaster David Mueller’s firing from Colorado music station KYGO-FM.
Officials expect the jury to be seated and opening statements to begin on Tuesday.
The litigation centers on Swift’s allegations that Mueller slipped his hand under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom as they posed during a meet-and-greet session before her June 2, 2013, concert in Denver.
“It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life,” Swift said during a deposition.
Mueller, 55, sued first, claiming that Taylor falsely accused him of the groping and pressured station management to oust him from his $ 150,000-per-year job, according to the lawsuit.
Taylor countersued for assault and battery, and that became part of the same trial.
A crowd of the singer’s supporters was expected to attend the proceedings during the week. Several came on Monday, some from as far away as Mexico and Venezuela.
Maya Benia, 20, a fan from Albuquerque, New Mexico, had waited outside the courthouse since 5:30 a.m. to catch a glimpse of the top star and deliver a letter to her.
“It is a thank-you to her for consistently being there for me over the years through all my hospitalizations and also a thank-you for survivors of sexual assault and her being able to use her voice when others couldn’t,” Benia said.
Mueller denies anything inappropriate occurred during the brief backstage encounter in which he stood on one side of the pop star and his girlfriend on the other. His lawsuit said Taylor’s accusation is “nonsense.”
Mueller is suing under tort claims of interference with contractual obligations and prospective business relations.
Jurors will determine what monetary damages, if any, he is entitled to if Taylor is found liable.
In court filings, Taylor said her representatives informed KYGO management about the incident but she did not demand that Mueller be fired.
The radio station fired Mueller two days after the incident for violating the morality clause of his contract, court documents show.
The judge has placed a gag order on all parties, and attorneys for both sides did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Taylor, one of the most successful contemporary music artists, earned $ 170 million between June 2015 and June 2016 following a world tour and her best-selling 1989 album, according to Forbes Magazine.
Thanks to: mirror – US gossip