A judge tossed out a Denver radio host’s case against Taylor Swift on Friday.
The trial had delved into dueling lawsuits surrounding whether he groped her during a backstage meeting and whether she and her team ruined his career in response.
U.S. District Judge William Martinez determined that the pop star could not be held liable because David Mueller failed to prove that she personally set out to have him fired after the 2013 photo op before a concert.
His identical allegations against Swift’s mother and her radio liaison, meantime, will now go to jurors for a verdict.
Swift testified in court Thursday that Mueller groped her backstage after a concert.
The singer took the witness stand in a Denver federal court and said, “it was a definite grab. A very long grab.”
The incident allegedly happened after a June 2013 concert when Swift was 23. Mueller, who was a radio personality with 98.5 KYGO in Denver at the time, met Swift after the concert.
After posing with Swift for a photo, Swift’s security team later accused him of inappropriately grabbing Swift’s rear end and he was subsequently fired, Mueller said in a lawsuit he filed against the star.
Swift stated in her deposition, “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.”
There is a photograph that allegedly shows the DJ groping her.