Taylor Swift sat next to her lawyers at a federal courthouse in Denver on Monday as jury selection began for a trial pitting the pop star against a Colorado radio personality over allegations the former radio host fondled her four years ago during a photo shoot. Swift is expected to take the stand during the trial to testify about the incident, which resulted in broadcaster David Mueller’s firing.
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. Swift said later, “It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.” Mueller sued first, claiming Swift falsely accused him of the groping and pressured station management to oust him from his job. Swift countersued for assault and battery and that became part of the same trial.
In a trial that begins today (Monday) jurors deciding whether a radio host groped Taylor Swift during a photo op — and whether she and her team got him fired — will have to determine not just whose story to believe but what to make of a photograph that both sides say proves their case. The photo shows former Denver radio host David Mueller with his right hand behind the singer, just below her waist, before a 2013 concert. It’s inconclusive whether he’s touching her. Both are smiling. Swift’s lawyers called the image “damning” proof that Mueller inappropriately touched her. Mueller argues it shows him trying to jump into the frame. Entertainment news outlet TMZ obtained and published the photo.