Taylor Swift Must Face Alleged Groper In Court Proceeding
Taylor Swift will have to sit down for a deposition with David Mueller, the former radio host who she alleges groped her. A Colorado judge has rejected the pop star’s request to avoid coming face-to-face with Mueller in court.
As Gossip Cop reported, a member of Swift’s security team removed Mueller from a meet and greet before her Denver concert in 2013 after he was accused of grabbing the singer’s butt. Two days later, Mueller was fired from his radio station job. Mueller denied the allegations, and in September 2015, he filed a slander lawsuit against Swift. The singer later hit him with a counterclaim of sexual assault and battery.
On Thursday, Swift’s attorneys asked a judge to allow her to submit to a deposition without it being filmed and without Mueller in attendance, but both pleas were denied. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the judge ruled that the videotape won’t be available for public viewing unless the case goes to trial, meaning that her affidavit may never emerge online in the same manner as Justin Bieber, Lil’ Wayne, and other celebrity testimonies did. In the meantime, Swift’s business manager, Jesse Schaudies, will be in possession of the tape, though he must also permit Mueller’s lawyers access to the footage. The taped deposition will also be under a protective order, limiting what attorneys for both sides can reveal about the case.