Judge Throws Out DJ’s Case Against Taylor Swift in Groping Trial

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A judge has thrown out David Mueller’s case against Taylor Swift, according to the Associated Press, arguing that the radio DJ has no proof that her allegations of groping cost him his job.

The highly publicized trial had raged on for the past four days, with Mueller suing Swift for $3 million, and the megastar countersuing for a mere $1 — in order to prove a point about sexual assault.

The trial revolved around an incident during a 2013 meet-and-greet after a Denver concert, where Swift alleged that Mueller, then a DJ for local radio station KYGO, groped her buttocks while they were taking a photo together. Mueller denied the claim and hit Swift and her team with the lawsuit, maintaining that Swift’s accusation caused him to be terminated and ruined his career.

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U.S. District Judge William Martinez ruled on Friday that because Swift did not appear to set out to get Mueller fired, she could not be held liable. The allegations that Mueller leveled against Swift’s mother and radio handler, Frank Bell, will go to the jury.

Over the course of the trial, which had been expected to last for nine days, an eight-person jury heard testimony from Mueller, Swift’s mother, and the singer herself, with Swift’s frank recounting of the events garnering attention and support from public figures like Lena Dunham and Gretchen Carlson. Questioned by Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, Swift said on Thursday that the DJ’s actions were “very intentional.” “I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass,” she told him.

Mueller admitted in his testimony on Tuesday that he may have touched Swift’s “ribs,” but maintained that he did not touch her inappropriately. Swift’s mother, Andrea, took the stand the following day with an impassioned testimony, pointing directly at Mueller and telling the jury, “He sexually assaulted her — right there, that guy.”

In explaining why Swift asked only for $1, her attorney, J. Douglas Baldridge, said in court, “She’s just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman — rich, poor, famous, or not — is entitled to have that not happen.”

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    1. Me says:

      “because Swift did not appear to set out to get Mueller fired, she could not be held liable”

      Yeah, she only got in touch with his employer, and by sheer coincidence he was promptly fired. What are the odds?

      • Sherry S. says:

        Mueller got himself fired for doing something completely inappropriate. It’s his own damn fault. He shouldn’t have touched her in that manner. He had no right.

    2. mr_orez says:

      It’s enough of this bullshit about grabbing an ass. If you don’t like it, take his hand off, break loose, but don’t bitch about it.

    3. Toni says:

      Omg she’s so gorgeous.

    4. 1Ronald says:

      The glitter of celebrity far outshines a common joe trying to right a wrong. While no teenage girl was there to see it you’ll never find one who doesn’t believe Tay. And that hand. The one she said she felt.
      On her bare butt cheek. And it’s not lost on any of us that you have a man now out of a job, a man who has to eat like the rest of us. And reports state Tay was smiling the entire time. Apparently Mueller had a warm hand. Or was it that phantom hand? So Tay now gets to spend that $3 million (which almost was David’s $3 million) on some frivolous “nice to have” or flush it into meaningless oblivion. So what will Tay name her song on this one? There’s always a song on the last guy. Of which there have been many. And will continue to be many more. Wonder why? How about “Warm Hand, Bare Butt,” sung to the tune of The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination?” Might be a moneymaker. Make the Charts. If you will only fork over the money, your money, to buy it.

    5. Right on! GoodOnYa Taylor for standing up for yourself & for women who cannot!

      • femme muscle says:

        That DJ looks like a sleaze bag.. Damn.. Glad the body guard saw it, confronted the guy – and had him physically removed. The DJ feels it didn’t happen unless she called the police?

        • Toni says:

          I still say she should have punched him too bad the photogs were there he suckered her the gutless worm.

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