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10 August 2017, 12:11 | Mandy Simon
Taylor Swift's defense team digs into former DJ in cross-examination to kick off trial
Mueller sued Swift, her mother and her radio promotions director in 2015 for $3 million in damages. Both Kuta and Jarecke said they were there to support Swift; they wanted to "see somebody with the platform that she has to speak out about an issue that's been going on for long", said Jarecke, while Kuta echoed how important it was to her and her friends to stand up against non-consensual contact.
Earlier in the day, an attorney for Mueller told jurors that inappropriate touching is wrong, but falsely accusing someone of the offense is equally unacceptable. Taylor then counter sued him for groping her and denied that she did anything to get him fired. "That's the one and only story we have to tell you, that Mr Mueller grabbed her rear end", he said. She is seeking a symbolic $1, saying she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.
But he also said that in the meeting Haskell and Call had called the next day, that he never told Call about what he says Haskell told him.
Swift's attorney, Douglas Baldridge, attacked the credibility of former Denver DJ David Mueller on Tuesday, asking jurors, "What's wrong with this picture?" As her attorney J. Doug Baldrige said in his opening statement, the suit isn't about bankrupting Mueller-it's about proving a point.
When Mueller couldn't answer that question, Baldridge looked at the jury and simply said "I think I've made my case".
Wednesday's court proceedings were delayed by a closed evidentiary hearing that lasted almost two hours. He said that the accusations were "humiliating", but conceded that he could not come up with "any reason, incentive or motive" as to why Swift would make up such a claim.
Arthur Lewis, also 32 and a real estate agent, said he's "a big supporter of Taylor Swift and just wanted to check it out".
Among the evidence in the case is a photograph obtained by TMZ but sealed by the court that shows Mueller with his hand behind Swift, just below her waist, at the pre-concert event. It's ironic that Mueller would mention Mayer, the ex about whom Swift penned "Dear John" (whose lyrics include "Don't you think nineteen's too young to be played by your dark twisted games").
The alleged incident occurred during a concert meet-and-greet, during which the host, David Mueller, reportedly lifted Swift's skirt and groped her. She says she is only seeking $1. The case arose after Swift alleged that he groped the singer which led to him losing his job. Baldridge goes back into line of questioning Mueller about his hand placement during the photo.
Mueller's testimony will continue into Wednesday.
Mueller said that something happened that caused him to conclude that Swift was acting "cold and standoffish" toward him, terms he also used previously in a deposition.
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