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Taylor Swift expected to testify in photo grope case 

By | Published on Monday 7 August 2017

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is expected to testify as her legal battle with a former radio DJ, David Mueller, over allegations he groped her, arrives in court this week.

As previously reported, the alleged groping incident occurred backstage at one of Swift’s shows in Detroit in 2013 during a meet and greet with fans. Mueller actually went legal first, in 2015, suing the musician for defamation after he lost his job on a local radio station two days after meeting her. He claims that a complaint from Swift’s security team about the alleged grope directly led to him being fired. Swift then countersued for assault and battery.

In a deposition for the case, Swift stated: “Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life”. For his part, Mueller has admitted that he had touched Swift during the encounter, but insists that it was accidental.

It seems unlikely that either side in the case is in the mood to settle, meaning the jury trial considering both sides’ lawsuits should go ahead this week, and could last for two weeks. A key piece of evidence will be the actual photograph Swift described in her deposition, though both sides reckon that picture proves their respective cases, so it’s not clear what exactly the jury will make of it. Other than that, it’s basically his word against hers.



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