Friday, Aug. 11, 2017|9:12 p.m.
DENVER– A judge on Friday tossed out a previous radio host’s case versus Taylor Swift in a trial that delved into their dueling claims over whether he searched her during a backstage meet-and-greet and whether she and her team ruined his career.
U.S. District Judge William Martinez figured out that the pop star might not be held accountable since David Mueller cannot prove that she personally set out to have him fired after the 2013 photo op in Denver. His similar claims against Swift’s mom and her radio intermediary will go to jurors for a verdict.
Mueller rejects groping Swift and took legal action against the vocalist, her mother, Andrea Swift, and their radio handler, Frank Bell, seeking up to $3 million as compensation for his destroyed career.
The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she desired a symbolic $1 and the opportunity to defend other women. The jury will still consider her claim.
Swift teared up as the judge read his decision and said there was no proof of her actions being insincere. Later, her team smiled and accepted. Mueller’s side didn’t speak.
“I could not be more proud to represent someone like Taylor Swift who’s willing to step up in a scenario like this,” attorney Douglas Baldridge said outside court.
The judge’s choice followed days of testament from the vocalist and others and just before jurors were set to hear closing arguments.
Swift invested an hour on the witness stand Thursday defiantly stating what she called a “despicable and scary and shocking” encounter before a show.
“He remained attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched far from him,” Swift testified.
“It was a certain grab. A very long grab,” she added in her testimony.
Swift’s testy exchange with Mueller’s attorney occasionally generated laughes– even from the six-woman, two-man jury. She got a laugh when she stated her security guard saw Mueller “lift my skirt” but someone would have had to have actually been underneath her to see the actual groping– “and we didn’t have anybody positioned there.”
Swift testified that after the picture was taken, she attempted to get as far Mueller as she could. She stated she informed him and his girlfriend, who was also in the photo, “thank you for coming” in a monotone voice prior to they left.
She also said she was stunned and did not state anything to Mueller or stop the event after he left due to the fact that she did not wish to disappoint several lots people waiting in line for images with her.
In the image, revealed to jurors during opening declarations however not publicly released, Mueller’s hand lags Swift, simply below her waist. Mueller’s then-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, is on the opposite of Swift. All 3 are smiling.
Melcher testified Friday that she saw absolutely nothing occur throughout the brief encounter which she and Mueller were rudely confronted and escorted out of the arena that evening. Melcher stated Mueller was devastated by the allegation.
She stated she and Mueller started as colleagues at nation station KYGO-FM and ended up being romantically involved in February 2013, a couple of months prior to the show. They wandered apart late in 2013, but Melcher states they stayed good friends.