Taylor Swift's trial lawyer accuses Denver DJ of seeking money, fame

Taylor Swift in court over groping case

Taylor Swift's defense team digs into former DJ in cross-examination to kick off trial

The former radio host who was sacked for allegedly inappropriately touching pop star Taylor Swift testified in a civil trial Tuesday that their hands and arms touched as they got into position for a photo.

Swift's attorney attacked the credibility of former Denver DJ David Mueller on Tuesday, asking why a woman who reports an assault would then get sued.

The pop star claims that former radio host David Mueller groped her in 2013 at the Pepsi Center.

Mueller has accused Swift of lying by saying he grabbed her behind during a public appearance, which is the basis of his defamation suit.

Swift's lawyer said that she is certain that Mueller grabbed her and will testify to it on the stand.

After confusion on Mueller's behalf, Baldridge moves on.

Taylor Swift's attorneys say they aren't trying to bankrupt a former Colorado DJ accused of groping the pop superstar before a concert.

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Both Swift and the DJ, David Mueller, are in Denver federal court Tuesday as a field of more than 30 people is winnowed down to an eight-person jury.

"If you look at that photograph, his hand is not underneath Miss Swift's skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion", McFarland said, noting that no one on Swift's concert team saw anything amiss.

And if Swift is awarded additional damages, she plans to donate the money to causes "dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard" (per CNN).

Mueller later sued Swift, denying anything happened, and is seeking at least $3 million in damages.

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Swift has countersued, claiming she was sexually assaulted.

Mueller's cross-examination will continue this morning, and the trial is expected to last nine days.

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Baldridge introduces a new piece of evidence, a photo of Eddie Haskell and Taylor Swift taken before the June 2, 2013 Denver show, and asks Mueller to confirm that it is Haskell in the photo.

Mueller testified on the witness stand, claiming he lost his job, reputation and close to $200,000 (AUS) which was his salary over a two-year contract with a country radio station in Denver.

In the picture, Mr Mueller and his then-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, flank Taylor, then 23, with Mueller's right hand is hidden behind the Shake it Off singer. It was during that photograph that Taylor said something much more sinister took place.

Mueller testified that his and Swift's hands and arms touched as they got into position for the photo. Swift, however, did not specifically request that Mueller be fired.

But he also said that in the meeting Haskell and Call had called the next day, that he never told Call about what he says Haskell told him.

- Andrea Swift, the singer's mother, was involved in the decision to contact Mueller's boss and not call the police. Court documents say it is unlikely that either side will settle.

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