Fans line up early to watch the civil trial between pop star Taylor Swift and her courtroom opponent, former DJ David Mueller. Mueller contends Swift cost him his job, while she alleges he groped her at an event four years ago. (Aug. 11)
Taylor Swift’s he-said-she-said groping trial raced to an end Friday with a major victory for Swift: A judge threw out the lawsuit filed against her by the ex-Denver DJ she says groped her in 2013.
U.S. District Judge William Martinez in Denver sent the eight-person jury home for the weekend and then ruled in favor of Swift’s motion to end David Mueller’s lawsuit against her on grounds he failed to prove she was personally responsible for getting his being fired after their encounter.
However, Swift’s mother and management remain defendants in Mueller’s lawsuit and the suit will go to the jury.
The jury will decide whether they find in favor or against Swift – on her claim that Mueller groped her – and also whether they find in favor or against Mueller on his claim that her mother and management interfered with his employment contract.
After the judge ruled, Swift and her legal team hugged, smiled and whispered. Mueller’s team did not talk to one another or anybody else.
The ruling came on the fourth and final day of testimony in the dueling-lawsuits case. Mueller’s legal team rested their case Friday and said they would call no more witnesses to testify. Swift’s legal team declined to call any witnesses in her countersuit against Mueller, in which she accused him of indecent assault and battery stemming from their encounter.
On Monday, the eight-member jury is expected to return and hear instructions and closing arguments. Mueller is seeking compensation for loss of wages and damaged reputation. Swift is seeking a symbolic $1 in her lawsuit and the opportunity to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.
Mueller sued Swift in 2015, accusing Swift, her mother, Andrea Swift, and her management team of pressuring his radio station to fire him two days after he allegedly groped her bare backside during a pre-concert photo shoot.
Swift denied she had anything to do with the firing. Then she countersued Mueller accusing him of groping her. During the testimony, no evidence was…