Denver DJ accused of groping Taylor Swift
faces further cross-examination
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[August 09, 2017]
By Keith Coffman and Jann Tracey
DENVER (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's legal
team planned on Wednesday to resume cross-examining the Colorado radio
personality accused of groping the recording star during a photo shoot
four years ago, an allegation the former DJ vehemently denied under
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 or torso.
But he insisted he was innocent of any inappropriate behavior and a
victim of false accusations that "cost me my career, my passion, my
"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
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 rhetorically.
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 trial.
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A sketch of plaintiff David Mueller in Denver Federal Court during
the Swift groping trial in Denver U.S. August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jeff
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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