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Swift attends jury selection in groping case

08 August 2017

Taylor Swift is expected to personally testify in a Denver court after a long legal battle with Denver radio host, David Mueller.

Jury selection for the trial begins Monday.

In June 2013, Swift met then-radio host and disc jockey David Mueller at a meet-and-greet event, where Swift alleged that he'd groped her while they were taking a photo.

Mueller was sacked from his job at a country music station after Taylor's team told his boss that Mueller grabbed her buttock during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 Swift concert in Denver. In Swift's testimony, her team said she'll argue that she had no reason to accuse Mueller of sexual assault if it didn't occur, as she didn't know him before the incident and didn't have any motive to try and terminate his employment.

Swift is counter-suing Mueller for only $1 and a ruling that holds him responsible. According to USA Today, Mueller's attorney will be raising the question of mistaken identity as well as claiming that Swift only filed a lawsuit when David Mueller filed on in 2015. He's seeking unspecified damages.

Swift countersued Mueller one month later for assault and battery.

Later, Swift's bodyguard confronted Mueller with the allegation that he had reached under the singer's dress and grabbed her.

The nine-day hearing, at Denver's Alfred A. Arraj courthouse, will be presided over by US District Judge William Martinez.

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Hoping the case serves as "an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts", Swift has vowed that if she wins the case, she will donate any money she received to "charitable organisations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard".

Mueller's boss said the DJ told him during an internal investigation that any contact during the photo op was incidental or accidental.

Police and a bomb-sniffing dog waited in the rain Monday with about a dozen reporters before potential jurors were set to arrive for questioning.

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. Once the meet-and-greet was over, she says she alerted her mother as well as others on her team about what had allegedly happened.

But she does have to be present for the rest of the trial and is expected to testify.

In a deposition, Swift said: "It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life".

Mueller also accused his boss, Eddie Haskell, of being the one who had touched the singer inappropriately.

Both Swift and her mother, Andrea Swift - who's also named as a defendant in the case - will testify at some point during the trial, according to the final pretrial order.

Swift attends jury selection in groping case