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Taylor Swift Seeking $1 In Groping Trial

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Taylor Swift One Dollar Trial

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Taylor Swift One Dollar Trial

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Taylor Swift is seeking just $1 from David Mueller in her countersuit against the former DJ, who she alleges groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet. The singer’s lawyer explained in a Denver court Tuesday that the purpose of the trial is to bring awareness to sexual assault as opposed to collecting monetary damages.

As Gossip Cop reported, Mueller was fired as co-host of the 98.5 KYGO “Ryno and Jackson” morning show in 2013 after the singer claimed he lifted her skirt and grabbed her butt while posing for a photo backstage at one of her concerts. The former radio host denied the allegations and sued Swift in September 2015, saying her accusations were false and had ruined his career. Swift filed a countersuit against Mueller for assault and battery one month later.

The trial began in a Denver court Monday as the judge attempted to choose eight jurors from a pool of 60 candidates. On Tuesday, two men and six women were chosen to sit on the jury, and lawyers for both sides made their opening statements. Mueller was later called to the stand as the first witness. He told the court while being questioned by his lawyer that he possibly touched Swift’s “rib cage, or rib, or ribs,” but did not place his hand on her behind. Mueller also stated that while posing and trying to reach around each other for the photo, “Our hands touched and our arms touched” for no more than just 40 seconds.

Swift is also slated to testify at some point during the trial, which is expected to last nine days. Additional witnesses expected to be called to the stand include Swift’s mother, Andrea, who’s a co-defendant in the case. The photographer who shot the photo at the meet-and-greet will also provide testimony, as will Mueller’s then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher, who was present when the alleged groping took place.

The former DJ wants $3 million in damages, but according to court documents, Swift is seeking just $1 in the hopes that the case serves “as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.” The singer also said that if she is awarded additional damages, she will donate the money to a women’s rights charity.

 


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