With Taylor Swift looking on, potential jurors in her lawsuit against an ex-Denver radio host were asked Monday if they had ever been inappropriately touched or wrongly accused of groping someone — the issues at the center of the case.
A 15-page questionnaire released during jury selection in the dueling lawsuits also asked candidates if they had seen any pictures related to the case — a possible reference to a photo that shows DJ David Mueller with his right hand behind the pop superstar, just below her waist, before a 2013 concert in Denver.
The photo was obtained by TMZ then sealed by a judge earlier in the case.
Swift claims Mueller grabbed her on the buttock during a meet-and-greet photo session at the show. Her lawyers have called the photo “damning” proof that Mueller groped her.
Mueller, who also attended jury selection, denies the allegation and says the photo only shows him trying to jump into the frame. Swift and Mueller are both smiling in the picture.
However, they weren’t even looking at each other in court on Monday.
Mueller, wearing a dark suit, sat at the plaintiff’s table with his back turned to Swift, who sat at a nearby table with her mother, Andrea Swift, and their attorneys.
Mueller often appeared to be reading documents while Swift watched the proceedings closely, occasionally conferring with her counsel.
In his lawsuit, Mueller claims he was fired from his job at a country music station after Taylor’s team wrongfully told his boss that Mueller had groped her. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages.
Swift’s countersuit against Mueller claims sexual assault.
Swift appeared in court in a white dress and black jacket, even though she and Mueller were not required to attend until the actual trial begins.
Potential jurors were asked whether they are fans of either Mueller or Swift, including if they had ever seen Swift in concert, downloaded or purchased her music, or attended the 2013 concert.
The jury questionnaire also said anyone who is uncomfortable with discussing any instances of inappropriate touching can speak to the judge in private.
Jury selection ended for the day and will resume Tuesday. The eight-member panel will be chosen from a pool of 60 candidates, court spokesman Jeff Colwell said. There will be no alternates.
One juror was dismissed over his answer to the question, “In a lawsuit between David Mueller and Taylor Swift would you have bias for or against either Taylor Swift or David…