Nimin khan zai thiam Taylor Swift chu court-ah a ding a, “Radio DJ David Mueller hian min khuaikhem a, min zen chiang a ni,” a ti.
Kum 2013 khan Taylor Swift-in Red tour a neih laiin Denver khua an tlawh a. Hetah hian Concert a neih hma lawka thlalakho-naah KYGO radio station DJ David Mueller hian a lo zen a. He inkhuiakhemna thu kal zelah DJ David Mueller chu a hna atangin ban a ni a, kum khatah $150,000 lai hlawh nei a ni si a. Chuvangin David Mueller thinrim chuan min tihhmingchhiat manah $3 million min pe tur a ni tiin Taylor Swift hi kum 2015 khan court-ah a khing a.
Taylor Swift chuan Mueller hian min khuaikhem chiang a ni tiin courtah a khing let ve ta a, Thawhlehni atang khan an thubuai hi Denver khuaa US District Court–ah jury, hmeichhia 6 leh mipa 2 chuan an ngaihtuah ţan ta a, nimin khan Taylor Swift chuan a thil tawn chungchang hi Jury hmaah a sawi chhuak ta a ni.
Taylor Swift ukil rawih Doug Baldridge chuan Mueller hian intihlar a duh vang leh sum a duh vangin Taylar Swift lakah thubuai a theh lut mai mai a ni, a ti.
David Mueller hi a che chhe khawp mai a, kha June 2013 meet-and-greet photo session-ah khan a ngaihzawngnu a hruai leh nghal a, Tailor Swift mawngtam a chulsak avang khan a ngaihzawngnu a chan bawk a, a hna a chan bawk a ni.
Taylor Swift’s mum takes stand at groping trial: ‘I wanted to vomit and cry’
By Mark SavageBBC Music reporter
Taylor Swift’s mum made an emotional appearance in court, as she testified about the moment she learned the star had been groped backstage at a concert.
“I went into the dressing room and I saw her face,” Andrea Swift told jurors in Denver. “I could see that there was something horribly wrong.
“She said, ‘Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass,'” she continued. “I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time.”
Swift is suing radio DJ David Mueller over the incident, which he denies.
The alleged assault occurred in 2013, during a Denver stopover on Taylor Swift’s Red tour.
Mueller, then a host on the top-rated radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet the star before the show. As they posed for a photo, Swift claims, “he put his hand under my dress and grabbed my bare ass”.
Swift (left) and her mother (second right) have been present throughout the trial
Recalling the night, Andrea Swift said her daughter expressed bewilderment that she had “thanked” Mueller and his then-girlfriend after the incident.
“It was just destroying her that she said that,” she testified. “As a parent it made me question why I taught her to be so polite.”
Wiping away tears, she added: “She was really shaken. She was humiliated.”
Andrea Swift, who is part of the star’s management team, said she did not report the incident to police because: “I did not want this event to define her life.”
“I did not want her to have to life through the endless memes and gifs that tabloid media and internet trolls decided to come up with – doctoring the pictures… and making her relive this awful moment over and over again.”
Asked whether she had sought witnesses, Ms Swift – who was not present at the encounter – she said she had no reason to doubt her daughter.
“He sexually assaulted my daughter,” claimed Andrea Swift in court, pointing her finger at the broadcaster. “Right there, that guy,”
“I heard it from my daughter’s mouth. I know that it happened.”
have been turning out to support swift during the trial
Two days after the concert, Mueller lost his $150,000-a-year job at KYGO, after Swift’s radio liaison [radio representative] Frank Bell alerted the station to the alleged assault.
Taking the stand on Wednesday, Bell said he asked the broadcaster to investigate the encounter but had not requested that Mueller be fired.
Following his dismissal, Mueller sued Swift for defamation, seeking $3m (£2.3 million) in damages.
An eight-member jury, comprised of six women and two men, is weighing both claims in a single trial at the US District Court in Denver.
Testimony began on Tuesday and is expected to last nine days. Mueller was the first to take the stand, describing his encounter with Swift as “weird and awkward”.
“I know my hand was touching her rib or her skirt,” he testified. “And it went behind her, and her hand, or arm, went behind my arm.”
Asked by his own lawyer whether he had grabbed Swift’s bottom, Mueller said flatly, “No, I did not.”
, now 55, denies the accusations and is suing Swift for loss of earnings
Concluding his testimony on Wednesday, he said: “I’m here to prove that I’m innocent. I had a good reputation in radio and I would like to get it back.”
Swift’s mother said the incident had “absolutely shattered our trust”, and that the star now took many more precautions when meeting fans.
“Our meet-and-greets are much smaller,” she said. “We now have metal detectors. We wand people. We now do background checks. It scared us really badly.”
The pop star, whose hits include Shake It Off, Romeo and Juliet and I Knew You Were Trouble, has been present for every day of the trial.
She listened closely and took notes during Mueller’s testimony; and is expected to take the stand herself in the coming days.
Taylor Swift’s attorney: Radio host groped her, then sued for cash and fame
By Eric Levenson, Sara Weisfeldt and Scott McLean, CNN
- Taylor Swift alleges a radio host inappropriately touched her during a photo op
- Opening statements began on Tuesday at civil trial in Denver
(CNN)The former radio host who was fired 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.
Former KYGO morning show host David Mueller, known professionally as “Jackson,” said his right hand, in a closed fist with the palm down, came into contact with part of Swift’s body.
“I felt what seemed to be a rib cage or ribs,” Mueller said on the first day of testimony.
Swift’s attorney, in earlier opening statements, said Mueller is only suing her for money and fame. But an attorney for the ex-radio host countered by arguing that Swift had recklessly ruined his radio career by falsely accusing him of inappropriate touching.
The civil lawsuit centers on Swift’s allegation that Mueller inappropriately touched her during a June 2013 meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center arena. KYGO is a CNN affiliate.
Mueller was fired days after the incident. In 2015 Mueller sued Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, claiming that the touching allegations are false. His suit argues that they pressured KYGO to fire him and that he lost his job because of the false accusations. Mueller is seeking $3 million in damages.
Swift, who was 23 at the time of the incident, countersued Mueller, accusing him of “reaching under her dress and grabbing her bottom” as they posed for a photo. Her suit argues that KYGO terminated Mueller after its own independent investigation.
The case is another variation on the “he said-she said” nature of high-profile sexual assault allegations. Attorneys for Swift, one of the most powerful celebrities in the world, argued in opening statements that Mueller was using her notoriety and fame for his own gain.
“He wants you to give him a payday,” Doug Baldridge, Swift’s attorney, told the jury of two men and six women. “His motivation is money, calling attention to himself, and getting revenge on his boss.”
A ‘reckless’ accusation?
The photo of that meet-and-greet, which was leaked last year and shown in court on Tuesday,will be a central piece of evidence in the trial. The photo shows Mueller with his hand hidden from view near Swift’s lower back.
Gabriel McFarland, Mueller’s attorney, said the photo was “awkward” but did not show any inappropriate, under-skirt touching as Swift has alleged.
“If you look at that photo, his hand is not underneath her skirt. It’s not ruffled, rumbled, affected in any form or fashion,” he said.
The accusation of misconduct “was careless, it was reckless and it was part of in many ways what has destroyed Mr. Mueller’s life,” said McFarland.
McFarland also suggested that Mueller may have been a victim of mistaken identity and that Swift might be confusing him with another man who was there.
But Baldridge, Swift’s attorney, said the pop star was sure it was Mueller who touched her. Baldridge also argued that Mueller had repeatedly changed his story and had destroyed evidence in the case leading up to trial.
He said Swift had been part of thousands of meet-and-greets, but had never had an incident like what happened with Mueller.
Swift, her mother and Bell are expected to testify. In court Tuesday, Swift wore a black-and-white checked dress with a collar and black tights and carried a beige handbag. She wore bright red lipstick and had her light brown hair pulled back in a bun with full bangs.
Taylor Swift’s counter-lawsuit argues that the case will “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.” Her suit also claims that any money recovered from the case will be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from acts of sexual assault.
Mueller: ‘I want to clear my name’
On the stand, Mueller described his short meeting with Swift in 2013. Mueller and his girlfriend at the time, Shannon Melcher, complimented Swift and then posed for a photo, he testified.
“[Swift] put her right arm around Shannon, pulled her towards her, and turned toward the photographer,” Mueller said.
“I immediately started moving to get into the picture,” he said.
That’s when their hands and arms touched at Swift’s rib cage, he said.
After the photo was taken, Taylor thanked them and she and Mueller shook hands, he testified. He said that his hand did not touch her butt and that he did not touch her inappropriately.
A short time later, Mueller was approached by a security guard who accused him of inappropriately grabbing Swift, which he denied. He was kicked out of the concert and told he was banned for life from Taylor Swift shows, he said.
The next day, his bosses told him he was suspended without pay amid an investigation. He was fired a day after that, he testified.
McFarland asked Mueller if his hand was underneath Swift’s skirt, referring to the meet-and-greet photo shown on monitors in the courtroom.
“Absolutely not,” Mueller said.
Mueller testified that he recorded the June 3 conversation with his bosses on an older model iPhone. He transferred the file to a laptop after phone stopped working properly but he accidentally spilled coffee on the computer.
Store technicians couldn’t recover the full recording from the laptop, he testified. Later, a backup external also failed, he said.
Mueller said he did send McFarland 19 audio clips cut from the full recording.
He denied Baldridge’s claim that he destroyed evidence and repeatedly changed his story.
This has “cost me my career, the thing I love to do …. It’s been hard on my family and hard on my friends,” Mueller said. “I want to clear my name.”
Mueller: ‘She forgot me’
During cross-examination, Baldridge again accused Mueller of trying to get rich off of Swift. Swift never initially publicized the incident, and when she filed her counter-suit, she had no reason to falsely accuse Mueller because she had never met him before, Baldridge said.
Mueller’s suit didn’t seek a specific monetary amount but an expert retained by the ex-radio host determined that nearly $3 million was a fair compensation for damages.
Baldridge said shock jocks like Howard Stern make a lot of money. “You’d like to make the kind of money he does,” Baldridge asked Mueller, who has claimed his show is family-friend.
“I’m not interested in Howard Stern money,” Mueller said.
Baldridge asked Mueller if Swift was the one who fired him. Mueller answered no.
Baldridge also referenced Mueller’s description of Swift in a court deposition as cold and standoffish when they met. Hearing that, Swift sat up in courtroom. She looked disgusted. The pop star scribbled a note on a yellow Post-it and passed it to one of her attorneys.
Mueller said he drew that conclusion because Swift didn’t welcome him into the photograph and paid more attention to his girlfriend.
“She didn’t acknowledge me when it was time to pose for the photograph,” Mueller testified.
Baldridge asked Mueller if he felt invisible at that moment.
“She forgot me,” Mueller said.
Baldridge will continue cross examining Mueller on Wednesday.
Taylor Swift takes stand at groping trial: ‘It was a definite grab’
Taylor Swift has described in court the moment she says she was groped by a radio presenter during a meet and greet.
“It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” said the singer, who is suing radio DJ David Mueller over the alleged incident, which he denies.
“It was intentional. He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek.
“I felt him grab onto my ass cheek under my skirt. He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt.”
She added: “He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him. (His hand) didn’t let go.”
“It was a very shocking thing. I had never dealt with something like this before,” Swift said.
The alleged assault occurred in 2013, during a Denver stopover on Taylor Swift’s Red tour.
Mueller, then a host on the top-rated radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet her before the show.
Swift took the stand the day after her mother gave her testimony and described how she wanted to “vomit and cry” when Swift told her about the alleged incident.
- Taylor Swift was called to the stand in civil trial on Thursday
- The pop star alleges a former radio host groped her in June 2013
Denver (CNN)Pop star Taylor Swift delivered firm, even snarky testimony in a civil trial on Thursday in describing a “horrifying and shocking” June 2013 incident when a former radio DJ intentionally groped her.
“What Mr. Mueller did was very intentional,” Swift said as she answered questions from Gabriel McFarland, an attorney for David Mueller, the former radio host.
“I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass,” Swift said.
The trial stems from Swift’s allegation that Mueller, a former radio DJ for KYGO, inappropriately touched her at a backstage meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center in June 2013. KYGO is a CNN affiliate.
Swift’s team told KYGO officials about the incident, and the station fired Mueller two days later after its own investigation.
In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, denying the accusation and alleging that they pressured KYGO to terminate him based on a false accusation.
In response, Swift filed a countersuit in which she accused Mueller of reaching under her dress and grabbing her bottom as they posed for a photo.
Mueller testified that he did not grope Swift and said that his career in radio had been ruined by what he said was a false accusation. However, Swift’s attorney Doug Baldridge argued that the incident did happen and that Mueller was suing for fame and money.