A handful of people around the world might be finding themselves in a moral dilemma after Taylor Swift’s accused groper has now given his thoughts on her TIME Magazine feature. The DJ, David Mueller, says the pop star didn’t earn her slot on the powerful cover because her “silence breaker” status was court-ordered.
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Taylor Swift’s trial began in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday. The case–which involves a suit filed against Taylor and a countersuit she filed–began with testimony from David Mueller, the DJ known as “Jackson” who stands accused of inappropriately touching her during a 2013 meet-and-greet.
David shared his version of the encounter between himself, Swift and his girlfriend, Shannon, saying, “She put her right arm around Shannon, pulled her towards her, and turned toward the photographer.”
“I immediately started moving to get into the picture,” he continued, laying out the exact moment when the alleged groping happened. “I felt what seemed to be a rib cage or ribs.”
Jury selection for Taylor Swift’s trial is set to begin on Monday, and court officials in Colorado are preparing for what they expect to be a circus. According to one report, the Denver court house’s Clerk of Court says they’re ready to handle a few hundred people if Swifties show up en masse.
“We are prepared for upwards of 200 people. Fans can start lining up for their court passes at 6 a.m.,” Jeff Cowell said. Only 32 members of the public will be admitted to the courtroom each day. Another 75 will get to watch a live feed of the trial on monitors. But cell phones, Taylor t-shirts, banners and signs are all forbidden in the Court House halls.
Remember that radio DJ accused of grabbing Taylor Swift’s butt at a 2013 concert in Colorado? The DJ, David “Jackson” Mueller, was fired from 98.5 KYGO-FM in Denver after Taylor’s allegations. David sued her for the losses he incurred as a result, and she countersued him. He eventually admitted to touching–but not groping–her and hoped a leaked photo of the encounter would help his case.
Taylor and David are sparring in another round of legal back-and-forth as they prepare for their early August court date. According to a new report from The Wrap, each side is trying to bar an expert witness from testifying against the other.
Taylor’s legal team is trying to prevent economist Jeffrey B. Opp from testifying on the financial details of David’s firing. In a May 11 filing, Team Taylor noted Jeffrey “lacks qualifications as an expert witness, his opinions are not based on facts, and his analysis contains multiple fundamental errors. He is simply not qualified to offer opinions about Mueller’s prospects for future employment as an on-air personality or his ‘value’ as an on-air radio personality.”
If anyone knows how money works in the music business, it might be Taylor’s lawyers. In response to the motion to bar Jeffrey’s testimony, David’s legal team filed their own motion to bar an expert witness on the same day last week. David doesn’t want Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo, a professor of women and gender studies at the University of Colorado, to testify.
The DJ accused of grabbing Taylor Swift during a meet and greet on “The Red Tour” has spoken publicly about the incident for the first time. David Mueller called into “Mojo In The Morning,” a Detroit radio show, to share his side of the story. He tried to clarify the incriminating photo at the center of the case and explained how hard the scandal has been on him. He gave the radio show a detailed version of the events at the photo op from his perspective.