Taylor's Lawyer Opens Trial With Powerful Statement

Camille Rivera
August 10, 2017

In addition, Baldridge quoted a deposition by Swift's photographer Stephanie Simbeck, who said Swift uttered "that guy" had grabbed her behind.

Follow along with Denver-based KMGH reporter Blair Miller on Twitter, who is in court for the trial.

She is charged in 2015 with the defamation of a #Denver-area radio DJ who was sacked from his job after she accused him of groping her during a 2013 meet-and-greet.

Baldridge emphasized the age difference between Mueller, then 51, and Swift, then 23.

A former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift while posing for a photograph with her before a concert acknowledged Wednesday that the image is "weird and awkward", but he insisted that he touched Swift in the ribs, not in the rear, as she alleges in a lawsuit. Three teenage Swift fans arrived well before dawn and said they'd scooped up tickets for seats inside the courtroom once jury selection is over.

Swift's lawyer Douglas Baldridge accused Mueller of giving different accounts of what happened and of further victimising the popstar.

The center of this curious case is David Mueller, radio professional who has worked in stations across Columbus OH, Kansas City and San Diego before becoming one-time DJ for country music station KYGO in Denver, Colorado. Mueller's back is turned toward Swift just as it was on the opening day of the trial Monday.

Earlier Wednesday, court proceedings were delayed by a closed hearing that lasted almost two hours.

Mueller, now 55, was sacked from KGWB in Minneapolis seven years before he joined the Denver radio station.

Swift watched the proceedings closely, occasionally conferring with her counsel.

Swift has counter-sued for s*xual assault, saying she was "forced to start a one hour concert before 13,000 fans while still in distress after being so inappropriately touched".

Swift, who is countersuing Mueller, wants damages in an amount to be proven at trial, but also a verdict that holds Mueller responsible for the alleged assault.

Mueller does not have a job in radio because he told 37 people about the accusations and because he hasn't applied for that many jobs, Baldridge said.

Mueller acknowledges that all of these things were said in prior depositions. She reports it and she gets sued.it doesn't make sense.

When Mueller took the stand, he told the court that he was pursuing the case to clear his name after losing his career in radio, his "passion".

In a courtroom sketch, Taylor Swift, left, and a defense attorney look on as former radio host David Mueller speaks during a civil trial in federal court in Denver on Tuesday.

David Mueller denies groping the pop star as they posed for a photograph but said he may have touched her ribs with a closed hand. He's seeking $3 million, saying the allegation cost him his job and reputation.

And if Swift is awarded additional damages, she plans to donate the money to causes "dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard" (per CNN).

Swift, her mother and Bell are expected to testify.

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