The Taylor Swift groping trial on Tuesday (Aug. 8) quickly zoomed in on the former Denver country DJ who allegedly grabbed the superstar singer's bottom during a meet-and-greet before her June 2013 show at the Pepsi Center.
In his opening statement on Tuesday, Swift's lawyer, J Douglas Baldridge, said Mueller committed an assault on his client and was now targeting her for money and fame, telling the jury, "He wants to make the victim pay the price".
Mueller himself insists that while he may have touched Swift's ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her, he did not touch her backside as she claims.
Mueller sued Swift, claiming she and her team falsely accused him of groping her during a photo-taking session before a 2013 concert.
Taylor Swift's mother Andrea has been called to the witness stand by the attorney for the former KYGO DJ David Mueller.
Mueller was sacked from his job at a country music station after Taylor's team told his boss that Mueller grabbed her buttock during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 Swift concert in Denver. Both Kuta and Jarecke said they were there to support Swift; they wanted to "see somebody with the platform that she has to speak out about an issue that's been going on for long", said Jarecke, while Kuta echoed how important it was to her and her friends to stand up against non-consensual contact.
He said he was rushing to slide into the photo as Swift spoke to his girlfriend, and that he distinctly felt the pop star's rib cage and also her arms. She "not trying to bankrupt this man", said Swift's attorney.
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The Shake It Off hitmaker fired back in a countersuit, accusing him of sexual assault and battery.
Jury selection is expected to last through Tuesday.
In Swift's lawsuit against Mueller, the singer said he "intentionally" grabbed her butt by reaching "under her skirt" as they posed for a photograph.
David Mueller, now 55, was sacked from his US$150,000 ($A190,000) a year job from radio station KYGO-FM over the popstar's allegations.
Mueller strongly denies touching the singer inappropriately. Baldridge asked, "Do you consider a sexual assault to be something that you would describe as silly?" "It's an assault", Baldridge said. Mueller says that is possible.
- Shannon Melcher, Mueller's girlfriend at the time, was standing on the other side of Swift when the photo was taken.
Mueller accuses Swift's aides of calling the radio station to demand his firing the day after the encounter, according to court documents.
Swift's lawyer argued the entertainer also had no impact on Mueller's career stalling, saying the DJ had only sent packets containing his headshot, biography and audio samples to the top 20 radio markets following his dismissal from KYGO.