No jurors have been selected yet, though many were dismissed for a variety of reasons, including one who said on her questionnaire that she found Ms. Swift “petty and dishonest.”
Any fans hoping to see Ms. Swift at the federal courthouse in downtown Denver will have to vie for one of the 32 seats reserved each day for the public in the courtroom or for one of 75 in an overflow room with a closed-circuit video feed of the proceedings. The prospect of jury selection did not draw many spectators Monday but Maya Benia, 20, a New Mexico State University student, was at the courthouse early with a letter of support she hoped to pass to Ms. Swift.
“I have been a Swifty for 11 years. I adore her so much,” Ms. Benia said. “I think she’s really brave for speaking up about sexual assault.”
It’s not clear when during the trial, expected to last nine days, Ms. Swift might testify.
But her pretrial deposition provided a preview of her testimony about the events at Pepsi Center, the arena in Denver not far from the courthouse. The arena, which can seat more than 20,000 people for concerts, is also home to the city’s professional basketball, ice hockey and lacrosse teams.
Ms. Swift described in the deposition getting in “photo formation” between Mr. Mueller and his girlfriend, “and that’s when 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 not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.”
Mr. Mueller, who has worked in radio for more than two decades in San Diego, Kansas City and elsewhere, as well as in Denver, is just as adamant. According to the suit his lawyers filed, “the contention that Mr. Mueller lifted up Ms. Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bottom, while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms. Swift’s photographer and Ms. Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during a company-sponsored, V.I.P. backstage meet-and-greet is nonsense.”
His suit names Ms. Swift; her mother, Andrea Swift, who was in town for the concert; and Frank Bell, who handled radio relations for Ms. Swift. Mr. Bell is accused of pressuring KYGO, at Andrea Swift’s behest, to take action against Mr. Mueller. He was in the courtroom Monday, sitting a few feet from Ms. Swift at a table with his lawyers.
The case, as Judge Martínez wrote in May in an…