David Mueller, who lost his job at Denver radio
station KYGO-FM over his encounter with Swift, testified on
Tuesday that he made incidental physical contact with the singer
as the two posed for pictures together, perhaps brushing her arm
But he insisted he was innocent of any inappropriate behavior
and a victim of false accusations that "cost me my career, my
passion, my income."
"I want to clear my name," Mueller, 55, said on the witness
stand in the first day of testimony for the trial stemming from
Swift's allegations. "It's a humiliating experience to be
accused of something so despicable."
Swift's attorney, J. Douglas Baldridge, sought to cast Mueller
on Tuesday as an opportunist who assaulted his client and was
now seeking "to make the victim pay the price."
In his cross-examination of the disc jockey, Baldridge noted
Mueller did not sue the radio station or its management over his
termination and had hired an expert who calculated Mueller
stands to lose as much as $3 million in future earnings.
"Is that enough to clear your name?" he asked Mueller
Mueller initiated the litigation, claiming Swift fabricated the
groping story and pressured the radio station to fire him. Swift
countersued for assault and battery. The eight-member U.S.
District Court jury is now weighing both claims in a single
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According to the Grammy-winning artist, Mueller slipped his hand
under her dress and grabbed her bare buttocks as the two posed,
along with Mueller's girlfriend, during a meet-and-greet session
before a June 2013 concert in Denver.
"It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have
never been so sure of anything in my life," Swift, 27, said in a
deposition. She is expected to take the witness stand later in the
Asked by his own lawyer on Tuesday whether he had grabbed Swift's
backside, Mueller said flatly, "No, I did not."
Mueller testified he had no inkling anything was amiss until
approached that evening by a member of Swift's security team who
related her allegation to him, threatened to call police and told
Mueller he was banned from all future Swift concerts.
Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, said in opening statements on
Tuesday that inappropriate touching was "offensive" and "wrong,"
adding, "Falsely accusing is equally offensive and it's equally
(Reporting by Keith Coffman and Jann Tracey, writing by Steve;
Editing by Michael Perry)
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