Radio Host Testifies: I Did Not Grope Taylor Swift

Eight jurors — six women and two men — will decide the two suits and they listened Tuesday in United States District Court here as both sides outlined their cases.

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From left, Grace Jarecke, 16, Lucy Peterson, 17, and Dani Kuta, 17, all from Denver, show off the first tokens for admittance to the courtroom where the civil case involving Taylor Swift is being heard.

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Ms. Swift’s lawyer, Douglas Baldridge, hammered at Mr. Mueller’s credibility during cross-examination, raising, for example, the disappearance of recordings that Mr. Mueller had secretly made of conversations with his bosses about Ms. Swift’s allegations. And while Mr. Mueller said he had filed suit to clear his name, not to win a specific amount in damages, he acknowledged to Mr. Baldridge that he had hired an expert who determined the termination had cost him nearly $3 million.

Mr. Mueller also acknowledged a strained relationship with his superiors at KYGO before the encounter with Ms. Swift and he noted that his suit targets only Ms. Swift and her associates, not the station or its executives.

“He wants you to give him the payday,” Mr. Baldridge told the jurors. “He is trying to make the victim pay the price.”

Ms. Swift, who also is scheduled to testify, sat with her lawyers and looked at Mr. Mueller occasionally during his testimony. At times she appeared to be taking notes which she shared with her mother. It is unclear when Ms. Swift will take the stand.

Mr. Mueller’s voice was shaky at the start of his testimony under questioning by his lawyer but grew steadier. Pressed hard for answers during the cross-examination, his voice occasionally rose in pitch and several times he looked toward the judge, as if for support, when questions came in a barrage.

His lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, said in his opening statement that his client, who was with his girlfriend during the photo shoot, had no reason to jeopardize a lucrative job and a budding relationship by groping Ms. Swift.

Mr. Mueller repeatedly denied groping Ms. Swift. He said that he reached out with his right arm and a closed hand and “felt what seemed to be a rib cage” with his knuckles as he rushed to get into position for the photograph. In that image, which was shown to jurors Tuesday, Ms. Swift is standing at a slight distance from Mr. Mueller, whose right arm is extended…

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