Taylor Swift is in court again but this time she isn’t on the jury, she’s the plaintiff. Tay-tay is suing radio DJ David Mueller for allegedly copping a feel in 2013. He met Swift after a concert when he was a radio personality with 98.5 KYGO in Denver, Colorado and she claims that he groped her butt during the photo-op. Here’s Swift’s photographic evidence.
— Tom Benson (@Tombenson1) August 4, 2017
Mueller claims that this photo doesn’t actually show that he’s touching her, which is fair. He also says he ‘felt what seemed to be a rib cage or ribs’ but emphatically denies groping her. After the incident, Taylor’s security team accused Mueller of inappropriately touching the singer and he was subsequently fired from his job at the radio station.
In September 2015, Mueller sued Swift for the loss of his job and lost business opportunities the accusations and negative publicity have caused. He also claimed that it was his then-boss, Eddie Haskell, who actually groped Swift after the 2013 concert and that Haskell bragged about it afterwards.
Who the hell would risk a Taylor Swift grope? Her terrible break-up songs have shattered lesser men! To touch her greatness is DEATH! pic.twitter.com/JJvJinhUsZ
— Justin M. Wright (@thinkersrefuge) August 9, 2017
Swift counter-sued Mueller in October 2015 and demanded a jury for the trial. In the counter-suit, Swift claims that Mueller has been fired from on-air jobs twice before and hasn’t worked on-air since 2006 (which seems a little off, but that’s what the statement said). Swift also says that her suit is less about her and more about speaking out for women who are sexually assaulted and don’t feel comfortable coming forward. An excerpt from her statement reads:
‘Resolution of this Counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.’
So major points to Tay for making this about empowering women and victims of sexual assault. She is suing Mueller for a symbolic one dollar while Mueller is seeking $3 million in damages.
And now we get to the trial itself, which is happening now in Denver and is projected to last nine days. Swift’s side has claimed that Mueller is only suing her for the money and fame it’s affording him while Mueller’s attorney argues that Swift is ruining his career with her ‘false’ claims.
So brace yourselves for a lot of back and forth and he-said-she-said. In the end, the decision is up to the jury and we can’t see it being an easy one. Though, we’re sure the trickiest part of this case was finding eight people who don’t know who Taylor Swift is to serve on the jury.
Also, the best thing to come out of this ordeal has to be the courtroom sketch of Taylor and the subsequent reaction from her fans. There were no recording devices permitted into the courtroom, so a sketch artist created a rendering of the occasion.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2017
this is a courtroom sketch of taylor swift
i think the artist’s name is katheryn hudson pic.twitter.com/AarwDGK99V
— Christian Zamora (@Christian_Zamo) August 8, 2017
Swifties aren’t quite sure who that blonde woman next to Taylor Swift’s lawyer is supposed to be and they are roasting that poor artist for not capturing the wondrous beauty of the pop star.
This artist’s rendition of Taylor Swift is a very good sketch of Rolf from The Sound of Music. pic.twitter.com/Qf37v3J8vC
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 9, 2017
I have both everything and nothing at all to say about this courtroom sketch of Taylor Swift from today’s trial. pic.twitter.com/3A9OgeKx6e
— Brennan Carley (@BrennanCarley) August 8, 2017
— Daniel Walsh (@DanielWalsh12) August 10, 2017
— Margaret H. Willison (@MrsFridayNext) August 10, 2017
That poor artist. We can’t wait to see what seven more days of sketching brings (Day 2 was no better). Oh, we’re interested in the verdict too, of course.
— Eric Lupher (@EricLupher7) August 10, 2017