Former DJ accused of groping Taylor Swift testifies in court

Taylor Swift's defense team digs into former DJ in cross-examination to kick off trial

The former radio host who was sacked for allegedly inappropriately touching pop star Taylor Swift testified in a civil trial Tuesday that their hands and arms touched as they got into position for a photo.

As Radar previously reported, Mueller claimed that famous Swift falsely accused him of groping her butt by "intentionally" reaching "under her skirt" as they posed for a photo during a Denver meet-and-greet in 2013.

A key piece of evidence in the lawsuit is a picture of Swift, Mueller and his then-girlfriend which lawyers of the singer argue is "damning" proof that the host had touched her backside.

Mueller, a morning talk show host at the station, was sacked on June 4, two days after he met with Swift before a concert and allegedly stuck his hand under her dress and grabbed her buttocks.

Mueller's lawsuit claims that Hershell Coomer, one of his bosses at KYGO known as "Eddie Haskell", said he had groped Swift that night.

Mueller was sacked from his job at a country music station after Taylor's team told his boss that Mueller grabbed her buttock during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 Swift concert in Denver. Mueller's back is turned toward Swift just as it was on the opening day of the trial Monday. He did admit he may have accidentally touched her ribs. She's seeking a symbolic $1, saying she wants to serve as an example to other assault victims.


Mueller also testified that he was let go from a station in Kansas City, something that in a prior deposition he said did not necessarily help his radio career.

The pop sensation was 23 at the time.

Swift has counter-sued for s*xual assault, saying she was "forced to start a one hour concert before 13,000 fans while still in distress after being so inappropriately touched". The trial is expected to last about nine days. And her annoyance was evident when Mueller accused Swift's security of being disrespectful and dismissive to Melcher, and especially when he rationalized his deposition description of Swift as "cold and standoffish" by pointing out that she hadn't invited him into the picture with his girlfriend.

The DJ was sacked from his job at KYGO after Taylor's team told his boss that he had grabbed her bum during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 concert. Kuta said she remembered the 2013 concert where Mueller met Swift; she'd written lyrics down her arm and dressed as a star, a play on the title of one of Swift's songs, "Starlight". He said, "In the way you would say of Taylor, 'Why would you make that up?,' you would say the same about him".

Baldridge, though, said Mueller "grabbed my client's rear end, plain and simple" and concluded, "it's not 'inapproriate touching.' It was assault".

Swift filed a countersuit in October of 2015, accusing the former morning show host of assault and battery and asking for a jury trial. Lady Gaga, who has spoken about being raped when younger, has also said nothing, as has Madonna. "This side has never changed its position", he said.

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