Taylor Swift is set to testify next week in a civil case against a former radio DJ from the US city of Denver, who allegedly groped her backstage at a concert.
This represents the latest stage of an ugly legal showdown between Swift and DJ David Mueller, who allegedly touched her at a meet an greet prior to a June 2, 2013 show at the Pepsi Centre.
Swift did not take legal action or make a complaint at the time of the alleged incident, although after the fact, her manager contacted radio station KYGO to inform them of the their employee’s actions.
Mueller was fired from his job after an internal investigation, and subsequently sued Swift, claiming intentional interference with contract and tortious interference with prospective business relations.
It was only at this point that Swift went public with her claims, filing a counter-suit that accused Mueller of assault and battery, and seeking costs in relation to his own “frivolous” lawsuit.
Swift’s civil suit is the one that will be heard next week in Denver, according to local media reports.
The singer gave a deposition about the incident in October 2016, and at the time, said she felt “violated” by what had taken place. In her videotaped testimony, she described the alleged groping, saying:
Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.
The singer is reportedly seeking just $1 in damages, but hopes the case will “[serve] as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
Proceedings will begin on Monday August 7, and Swift’s team say that she will testify that she took no steps to have Mueller fired, and had no ulterior motive or reason to him of inappropriate touching.
The singer’s mother, who was present at the time, will also testify, as will her bodyguard, and a photographer who captured the moment of the alleged groping incident.
Swift’s legal team have accused Mueller of destroying key evidence on laptops, an iPad, a cell phone and a hard drive, pointing to this as an example of bad faith.
Mueller himself has also faced legal setbacks, with a judge recently rejecting his claims that Swift’s accusation of sexual assault amount to slander.Source: Teen Vogue
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