Mueller says another man boasted he groped Taylor Swift

Emmett Rice
August 10, 2017

The 2013 photograph of Swift and Mueller is a key piece of evidence in both lawsuits but this isn't the only imagery causing a stir.

"It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life".

Mueller's lawyer told jurors that inappropriate touching is wrong, but falsely accusing someone of the offence is equally unacceptable.

Swift and Mueller met on 2 June 2013 when Swift was touring to promote her album RED.

"If you look at that photograph, his hand is not underneath Miss Swift's skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion", McFarland said, noting that no one on Swift's concert team saw anything amiss.

Swift, who is countersuing Mueller, wants damages in an amount to be proven at trial, but also a verdict that holds Mueller responsible for the alleged assault.

Potential jurors were asked whether they or relatives had ever been inappropriately touched or wrongfully accused of groping someone; and whether they were fans of Swift.

Swift claims the radio host touched her "bare ass" - an allegation that Mueller refutes, though he did admit during cross-examination that someone could find their photo together uncomfortable.

He says Swift's team told Mueller's bosses at a country music station, and he was sacked from his DJ position.

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Mueller is allegedly suing for up to $3 million, while Swift is hoping to prove a point by only asking for $1.

Throughout Mueller's testimony on Wednesday, Swift listened attentively with her hands clasped in her lap.

But in his opening statement, Baldridge told jurors that Swift is "absolutely certain" she was sexually assaulted by Mueller, and the photo is "damning" proof of it. She was 23 at the time of the alleged assault.

He acknowledged touching her-but more in an accidental manner, he said. The courtroom hearings will take about two weeks for the judge and jury to finish.

Taylor Swift's counter-lawsuit argues that the case will "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts".

Baldridge consistently forced Mueller to thumb back through a years-old deposition he did of Mueller, and forced Mueller to admit that he had said things in the past, under sworn oath, that he seemed hesitant to talk about in court Tuesday-including his thoughts on Swift's feelings toward him that evening when he entered the meet-and-greet room.

Mueller also referenced a fist during questioning from his own attorney, Gabriel McFarland, who asked if it was a change in Mueller's position to say that he denied the accusation because his hand was in a fist.

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

"He wants you to give him a payday", Doug Baldridge, Swift's attorney, told the jury of two men and six women. In 2015 Mueller sued Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, claiming that the touching allegations are false.

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