Taylor Swift to turn up in a federal court in Denver soon, as lawyers for the pop star and a Colorado Radio Personality "David Mueller" start jury selection for lawsuits over whether the former disc jockey "groped her" four years ago, during a photoshoot.
In his opening statement, lawyer Douglas Baldridge asked what possible reason Swift would have to make up an allegation that former Denver radio host David Mueller touched her backside during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013.
The civil trial centers on Swift's allegation that Mueller reached under her skirt and grabbed her behind during a meet-and-greet at Denver's Pepsi Center in June 2013. Swift was pleasant as she bid Mueller and his girlfriend goodbye, he says, and more than a dozen people met with the singer after Mueller left. Both Kuta and Jarecke said they were there to support Swift; they wanted to "see somebody with the platform that she has to speak out about an issue that's been going on for long", said Jarecke, while Kuta echoed how important it was to her and her friends to stand up against non-consensual contact.
Throughout Mueller's testimony on Wednesday, Swift listened attentively with her hands clasped in her lap. She is seeking a symbolic $1, saying she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.
Mueller acknowledges that all of these things were said in prior depositions.
About two dozen fans were in the courtroom, where Swift occasionally whispered to her mother and jotted down notes to her lawyers. Swift countersued for assault and battery.
As the trial continues to move forward-it was scheduled to last nine days and is expected to conclude on August 24-here's a rundown of everything that's gone on so far.
Andrea broke down in tears as she recalled what Swift told her about her initial response to Mueller taking part in the photo op.
"It's a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable", Mueller testified, claiming he's been unable to find a job since his dismissal.
From the case, the Bad Blood singer allegedly wished to prove that "Grabbing a woman's rear end is an assault, and it's always wrong".
Baldridge did get Mueller to concede that various supervisors with KYGO and its parent firm had discussed the possibility of letting him go even before the encounter with Swift.
Mueller talked about how he and his girlfriend at the time, Shannon Melcher, had gone to the meet-and-greet for work as KYGO employees despite not being huge fans of Swift's-as numerous other people at the pre-concert event were.
Mueller's lawyer claimed that the photo shows his client's hand "is not underneath Miss Swift's skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion".
He claimed in his $3 million suit that the false accusation cost him his job at a local country music radio station. The two cases were merged for trial. Court documents say it is unlikely that either side will settle.