Testimony began in Mueller v. Swift et. al, the largest celebrity trial that Denver has seen since Michael Jackson’s plagiarism case in 1994, on August 8, after a protracted jury selection. In case you’ve somehow missed the coverage, the trial centers on former 98.5 KYGO DJ David Mueller (known on the air on his morning show as “Jackson”) allegedly groping Taylor Swift’s butt while posing for a photo before her 2013 Red Tour concert at the Pepsi Center. Mueller sued Swift, her mother, Andrea Swift, and Swift’s radio coordinator, Frank Bell, for around $3 million in damages after he was fired from his job shortly after the incident, and Swift countersued for $1 for sexual assault.
In his opening statement, Swift’s lawyer, J. Douglas Baldridge, offered this: “[Swift’s] trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you.”
When Mueller took the stand, he told the court that he was pursuing the case to clear his name after losing his career in radio, his “passion.” “It’s a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable,” he said. After detailing his career history and his relationships with his boss, Eddie Haskell, and his girlfriend at the time, Shannon Melcher, who appears in the now-infamous photo of Mueller with Swift, Mueller recounted his experience at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013, and his subsequent firing, firmly denying any “inappropriate touching” or change in his story.
Testimony will continue today in the eighth-floor U.S. District Court courtroom in the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse. Here are a few notes from the August 8 action:
The courtroom layout:
Swift, her mother and Bell were seated at a table in…
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