'Mom, a guy just grabbed my a**' Taylor Swift's mother Andrea sobs in court and reveals how she felt sick when the pop star said the Denver DJ 'groped' her
- Andrea Swift sobbed as she told the court how she felt sick when daughter Taylor told her she was 'groped' by Denver DJ David Mueller
- Mueller was cross examined in his civil trial versus Taylor Swift at the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse in Denver
- He said a photo of him that shows his hand behind Swift during a photo op was 'weird and awkward' but denies it was groping
- The trial was delayed for two hours ¬†Wednesday as the legal teams met in a side room to talk in private about evidence¬†
- Swift showed up to court wearing a white dress, black jacket and a pair of nude pumps
- Mueller accused Swift of fabricating an incident where he allegedly groped her in 2013 which caused him to be fired¬†and is suing for $3 million¬†
- Swift counter-sued the DJ for assault and battery in response, saying he put his hand up her dress¬†¬†
Taylor Swift's mother sobbed on the stand as she spoke about the moment she was informed her daughter had been groped, telling court that she knew something was 'horribly wrong' the moment she walked into her dressing room.
Andrea, 59, said: 'I went into the dressing room and I saw her face. I could see that there was something horribly wrong. She [Swift] said, 'Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass.'
The mother-of-two broke down as she told the jury about how Swift was left feeling 'destroyed' in the aftermath of the groping incident.
She said: 'One of the things I think that stuck with me [about that night] was that [Taylor] couldn't believe that after the incident, after he grabbed her, that she thanked him for being there.
'She said thank you. It was destroying her that she said that after someone did that to her. It made me question why I taught her to be so polite in that moment.'
Andrea explained that she and other members of Swift's management team chose not to call police because they wanted to keep the incident private and did not want her to have to 'endlessly relive' the moment.
The 59-year-old added: 'I did not want her to have to live through endless memes and gifs and anything else tabloid media or internet trolls would be able to come up with; making her relive this awful moment over and over again.'
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Taylor Swift's mother Andrea testified in court Wednesday about when her daughter told her she was 'groped'. Andrea said she was upset and felt like she wanted to 'vomit and cry at the same time'
Taylor Swift and David Mueller's tiral was delayed for two hours today so the legal teams could privately review evidence. ¬†He is seeking $3 million from Taylor Swift, accusing her of being the reason he was 'wrongfully' fired from his $150,000-a-year job
This court sketches drawn on Wednesday August 9 shows Swift with her lawyer, Doug Baldridge and her mom
'We wanted to keep this private but we did not want to let him get away with it.'
Asked whether she had questioned Swift's bodyguard about the alleged sexual assault after hearing about it from the singer, Andrea replied:
'I wasn't going around checking things out. I knew what happened. I had heard it from her. I heard it from my daughter's mouth.
'He sexually assaulted her, right there, that guy [Mueller].'
She smiled as she talked about Swift's 'sweet' upbringing on a farm in Reading, Pennsylvania, but became visibly angry when Mueller's lawyer asked her if her son Austin had ever been accused of sexual assault.
The line of questioning was disallowed by Judge William Martinez.
This photo of Shannon Melcher (left) and David Mueller (right) with his hand behind Taylor Swift at the Pepsi Center was leaked last year. Potential jurors were asked if they had seen this image which is expected to form part of the evidence against Mueller
Taylor Swift's mother Andrea (seen above in a court sketch from Wednesday's hearing) said she was left upset to the point where she wanted to 'vomit and cry at the same time' after being told her daughter had allegedly been groped at a concert.
Taylor Swift's mother Andrea said she was left upset to the point where she wanted to 'vomit and cry at the same time' after being told her daughter had allegedly been groped at a concert.
Wearing a black and white patterned jacket and with her blond hair worn loose, the 59-year-old appeared composed as she began her testimony ‚Äď confirming her relationship with Swift and her employment at 13 Management.
But when she was asked about the moment she heard of the incident, Andrea grew vehement, telling the court: 'I was upset to the point where I felt like I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time. Emotions evolve but I was far more upset and trying to be attentive to my daughter than I was consumed with anger.'
She also described the evening of the alleged assault in June 2013 as 'very complicated'.
Andrea also said she had not been in the 'photo booth' at the time of the alleged grope and was told of the incident afterwards.¬†
She was also asked about the photograph of Swift with the DJ taken on the night and told court that it left her feeling 'sickened'.
She told the jury: 'The reason I saw it was because they were using this to find him and the second I saw it, I knew there was something horribly wrong, horribly wrong going on in that picture.'
The mother-of-two said she knew something was wrong because of the look in her daughter's eyes and the 'frozen smile' on her face.
She added: 'I looked at it and I was sickened.'
Concluding the cross-examination, Swift's attorney asked if she had heard any facts that had convinced her Swift had not been sexually assaulted.
Watched by her daughter and her husband Scott, Andrea turned towards Mueller and said: 'Absolutely not.'
Asked who had assaulted Swift, Andrea replied: 'David Mueller did.'¬†
A court sketch shows Taylor Swift was seated with Andrea on one side and Attorney J. Douglas Baldridge on the other side on Tuesday
Taylor Swift is seeking a token $1 award and a verdict that holds Mueller responsible and serves 'as an example to other women'. She is seen above in a Tuesday court sketch¬†
Her first appearance on the witness stand came shortly after former radio host David Mueller completed his testimony with a plea to restore his 'good reputation'.
In closing remarks, 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.'
Under questioning from Swift's lawyer Douglas Baldridge, he said he was no longer looking for a $3 million award but instead wanted to restore his name and resume his career in radio.
He¬†acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind the singer is 'weird and awkward' in court Wednesday.
Her lawyer also claimed several people noticed Swift was upset after the incident when¬†David Mueller allegedly grabbed her.
He also reminded the court that Swift's bodyguard Greg Dent previously testified in a deposition that he had seen Mueller lift Swift's skirt.¬†
The¬†trial was delayed for nearly two hours this morning, while the two sides held private talks over evidence.
Jurors, spectators and members of the media were ordered out of the courtroom while discussions took place ‚Äď holding up proceedings, which had been due to start at 8.45am.
Swift, 27, is still to take to the witness stand but could appear as early as this afternoon once cross-examination of Mueller is complete.
Mueller, 55, a former radio host based in Denver, Colorado, filed suit against Swift in September 2015 and claims she lied about him lifting her skirt and grabbing her bottom during a meet and greet in June 2013.
Andrea said she felt sickened when she saw the photo of Mueller and her daughter, saying: 'I could see that there was something horribly wrong'
'Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass' Andrea Swift (pictured with children Taylor and Austin) broke down in court as she told the jury about when her daughter told her about being 'groped'
Sticky notes on an office window spelled out 'haters gonna hate', a line from Swift's song 'Shake It Off'. She is expected to take the stand ¬†on Wednesday
The New Romantics singer, who countersued alleging sexual assault and battery the following month, arrived for the hearing wearing a white dress, black jacket and a pair of nude pumps, and was accompanied by her mother Andrea who is also a defendant in the civil case.¬†
The hiatus followed a day of dramatic developments in court, with Mueller being accused of changing his story seven times by Swift's attorney Douglas Baldridge during his opening statement.
Mueller was also charged by Baldridge with destroying evidence and pursuing the case for money, fame and revenge against his former bosses at Denver local radio station KYGO.
In cross-examination, he painted a picture of a man with a large ego who felt slighted by Swift's focus on his girlfriend and who already had problems with management at work.
But the DJ, hit back during his testimony, telling court that he had not groped the singer and instead touched her 'rib or ribcage' accidentally as he leaned in for a photograph.
He also told court that the aftermath of the incident had been 'hard on my family and it has been hard on my friends.'
Mueller claims the episode cost him his career and relationship with girlfriend Shannon Melcher, who was present during the alleged grope and is expected to testify later this week.
The former radio host added: 'It's a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable.'
Swift appeared focused during Tuesday's proceedings, occasionally whispering to her mother and passing notes to her attorney.
But Andrea, of whom Baldridge said 'darn straight, she was mad' after learning that her daughter had allegedly been groped, couldn't contain her emotions and at one point was seen wiping tears away.
Taylor Swift's publicist Tree Paine was seen into court on Wednesday past a line of fans¬†
Along with the jury, which is comprised of six women and two men, onlookers in the courtroom also included a number of Swift fans, some of whom have returned to court today.
Edward Lee, 50, and his 10-year-old daughter Vegazaringlee, of Seattle, Washington, lined up for a second day with the little girl, who describes herself as a 'super-fan', telling DailyMail.com that the singer blew kisses to her fans in court on Tuesday.
She said: 'For me, the highlight was [Swift] looking at me. She mouthed hello at me and blew kisses to her fans.'
Vegazaringlee, who had lined up with her father at 5am, added: 'I thought her opening statement was strong. She has a really good lawyer.'
Among the other fans waiting outside court on day three was Anthony Reyther, 29, who said he is 'neutral' so far.
Reyther, of Denver, Colorado, said: 'I am a fan of Taylor Swift and when I heard about the case, I thought it would be cool to come and check it out.
'Both sides have pretty solid arguments so far, so I'm neutral at the moment.'
But Johnny Hultzapple, 16, and also of Denver, said he hoped to see the singer strike a blow for victims of sexual assaults.
Swift fans lined up outside of the courthouse on Wednesday hoping to catch a glimpse of the pop star¬†
A woman outside of the courthouse was seen waving a Taylor Swift t-shirt on Wednesday
Speaking outside court, he said: 'This case is really important because it sheds light on the issue of sexual assaults.
'This is a platform that shows the world that sexual assault is a problem that needs to be solved.'
Of Swift, he added: 'She's telling the truth ‚Äď I think what she said happened, happened and I hope justice will come for her.'
The trial is the final act in a long-running legal saga that began in September 2015 when Mueller filed suit claiming Swift had lied about being groped and had got him fired.
Swift countersued the following month, writing in her complaint that she had 'never been so certain of anything in my life'.
The singer is seeking a token $1 award and a verdict that holds Mueller responsible and serves 'as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts'.
Mueller, who was fired from his $150,000-a-year job after being accused of groping Swift at the Pepsi Center in Denver in June 2013.
He faces more cross examination Wednesday after her lawyer questioned his conflicting accounts of the¬†June 2013 incident.¬†
Her legal team argued David Mueller's bosses considered firing him from the morning show before he even met Swift.
Also, Mueller couldn't say why he didn't tell a boss investigating the incident that his direct supervisor allegedly bragged about grabbing Swift that same night - something Mueller testified to earlier in the day.¬†
He flatly denied ever touching the singer inappropriately in court testimony Tuesday afternoon.
Mueller also rejected claims by Swift's counsel that he changed his story seven times and said he did not destroy evidence pertinent to the case. Swift was in court alongside her mother who cried during opening statements.¬†
Asked to explain the impact the groping claim had on him, Mueller said it had cost him his income and his career.
He said it has been 'hard on my family and it has been hard on my friends. It had an impact on my girlfriend [Melcher]. It was hard for her, it was hard for me.'¬†
He also accused Swift's security guards of taunting him about his behavior in the immediate aftermath of the June 2 incident in front of his girlfriend.
Describing the fateful meet and greet, Mueller said he and former flame Shannon Melcher had lined up for approximately 20 minutes before being introduced to Swift.
He said the entire episode lasted just 40 seconds and began cordially with Swift shaking both his and girlfriend's hands.¬†
Mueller says he then complimented her about her interactions with fans, telling court in Denver: 'I was very impressed'.
Taylor Swift did not make eye contact with Mueller as he testified in court on Tuesday¬†
David Mueller testified Tuesday and claimed he did not touch Swift inappropriately and may have grazed her rib cage with a closed hand
Swift then suggested a photo, turning to Melcher and putting her arm around her. Mueller says he then 'immediately started moving to get in the photo'; extending his hand towards the singer and making contact with what 'seemed to be a ribcage or ribs'.
Asked if he had touched Swift's bottom by his lawyer Gabriel McFarland, Mueller answered: 'No'.
He added: 'Our hands touched and our arms touched. I know our arms crossed and touched.'¬†
The former radio host also insisted that he did not put his hand up Swift's skirt, touch her outside of her clothing or touch her inappropriately in any fashion at all.
Mueller said after the photo was taken, he and Melcher left the backstage 'photo booth' area and went to put the signed photos he had been given in his car.
When he returned to the arena inside the Pepsi Center approximately 25 minutes later, he was confronted by a security guard ‚Äď later identified as Greg Dent, Swift's personal bodyguard.
According to Mueller, Dent approached him and said: 'Do you want to tell me about what happened earlier?'
Mueller claims he was initially confused and then denied the groping allegations to Dent repeatedly. He says Dent then told him: 'Listen mate, this is serious. I can get the police involved.'
The DJ told the court Dent 'clearly had a problem with me' and accused another security guard of taunting him by repeatedly asking: 'Are you proud of yourself? Are you proud of what you did?'
Mueller and Melcher were then escorted out of the Pepsi Center via a staff tunnel and encountered Swift's radio manager Frank Bell en route who told him he was banned from her gigs for life.
According to Mueller, Bell said: 'Taylor doesn't want you here tonight. You are banned from all future Taylor Swift concerts.'
Later that evening, Mueller says he was suspended from his job and was fired following a meeting with his bosses Eddie Haskell and Bob Call the following day.¬†
During his testimony, Bell, who told court he has known Swift since the day she was born, said he believed the singer's account of what happened and took her at her word.
However, he denied he was deliberately trying to get Mueller fired, saying instead he expected the radio station to take 'appropriate action' after he told them what happened.
Asked about how he knew that the grope had taken place, Bell said: 'He [Mueller] touched her inappropriately.
'I'm afraid I do know. I know because I was told by someone who after thousands of meet and greets has never had this happen.
'I have known her since she was born and I have never had her lie to me. So I take her at her word.'¬†¬†
Mueller has denied accusing Haskell of groping Swift, telling court that Haskell had told him that he had grabbed the singer's bottom during a hug the same night but that he had assumed it was a tall tale.
During cross examination, Mueller was asked by Swift's counsel if he could think of any reason why she might fabricate the story.
Baldridge also referred to Mueller's deposition made last year, in which he said: 'I can't imagine why she would fabricate a story.'
Asked repeatedly if he could think of any 'reason, incentive or motive' Swift might have for engaging in two years of litigation with him, he said: 'I cannot'.
He was also quizzed about why he chose to sue Swift and her mother over the incident rather than his former employers; with Baldridge intimating that the reason was money.
Mueller was forced to concede that he made the groping allegations public by filing his 2015 lawsuit and had no evidence to suggest that Swift had not tried to keep the incident private.
Later in proceedings, Baldridge compared Mueller to shock jock Howard Stern, asked him if he would like a similar job and added: 'You'd like to make the kind of money he makes, wouldn't you?' The DJ denied it, saying he was not interested.
Baldridge also attacked Mueller over the loss of five electronic devices containing recordings of the June 3 meeting between the DJ and his bosses in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Of the almost two hours of audio recorded, the 55-year-old was able to recover just 15 minutes which he admitted to 'editing' into 19 separate clips. Only 11 of these were handed to Baldridge.
Referring to a series of depositions made and lodged with the court last year, Swift's team accused the DJ of lying and pointed out that his former boss had raised concerns over his recollection of the groping incident.
According to testimony read out in court, Frank Call had said: 'Mr Mueller said to me, I didn't do it but if I did, it was incidental. He changed his story.'
Mueller was also asked about his relationship with Haskell, his other boss at KYGO, and admitted that he had disliked him.¬†
A line of approximately 30 'Swifties' stood outside¬†Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse in Denver on Tuesday on the second day of jury selection¬†
Tuesday's cross examination concluded with a retelling of events leading up to the alleged groping incident, with Mueller confessing under questioning that he found Swift 'cold and standoffish'.
He was also quizzed over statements made in his deposition to the effect that he was left feeling 'invisible' after Swift focused her attention on his girlfriend.
Mueller had said: 'She didn't acknowledge me when it was time to pose for the photos. She just pulled Shannon in and I was on my own.'
Speaking in court, he added: 'I was a little alarmed by it. I expected‚Ä¶ Most people when they pose for photographs, they expect to get into it.'¬†¬†
During opening statements, Mueller testified that he may have touched her 'rib cage, or rib, or ribs' with a closed hand. He said their hands and arms touched during a meet-and-greet that he estimated lasted 40 seconds or less.
Swift's counsel hit back at Mueller, telling the jury that the 55-year-old is a liar who has changed his story seven times and is motivated by money and revenge. Swift avoided making eye contact with Mueller during the proceedings.
Addressing the court, in Denver, Colorado, Douglas Baldridge said: 'David Mueller, a 51-year-old DJ, grabbed my 23-year-old client's rear end, plain and simple.
'It's an assault. Not inappropriate touching, an assault. And Taylor Swift reported it.'
He added: 'She has done hundreds of meet and greets and nothing like this has ever happened [before].
'What motivation would she have to make up that someone, after years of interaction with her precious fans, would do what happened?¬†
'She is absolutely certain that David Mueller grabbed her rear end. This man [Mueller] grabbed her rear end.'¬†
By contrast, McFarland painted a picture of a man who had lost his 'dream job' and is desperate to restore his good name.
He said Mueller 'wasn't really excited' to attend Swift's June 2, 2013 concert but went because his bosses expected him to and it was 'part of the job'.
The DJ and his then girlfriend Shannon Melcher met Swift in a small curtained room dubbed 'the photo booth' and introduced themselves to the singer as being from radio station KYGO.
McFarland says Swift suggested they take a photo but claimed Mueller was taken by surprise thanks to her speed and so he 'jumped into' the frame, touching her rib in the process.
The resulting picture, which was shown to jurors by both sides, was described by McFarland as 'awkward' but he insisted that there was no visible evidence that the radio host's hand was beneath Swift's skirt as she claimed.
Mueller's counsel also said that the other people in the room did not see anything happen, including Swift's bodyguard who was stationed behind the trio as the picture was taken.
For the trial, there will be¬†32 seats in the public gallery being made available each day. Taylor Swift fans waited in line early Tuesday morning¬†
An office across the street from the courthouse had a made a sign using sticky notes reading 'FREETAY'
According to the 55-year-old, the first he knew of Swift's claim was when another security guard came up to him outside the Pepsi Center and said: 'Are you happy with yourself?'
Two days later, Mueller was fired ‚Äď the result, his lawyer claimed, of Swift's management telling his boss that he had groped her. Bosses at KYGO were told by Swift's radio manager Frank Bell that they were 'expected to do the right thing', McFarland told court.
He added: '[They were] told that Taylor's mom and dad were really upset, especially mom. [Bell] said it was a really serious situation.
'He said [Swift's] relationship with KYGO could be seriously impacted and that they were considering all options.' He added: 'That means we want you to fire him. It's not surprising that when one of the planet's most powerful superstars contact a radio station that David Mueller was fired.'
Swift's team, by contrast, says Mueller knew exactly what he was doing, with Baldridge accusing the host of changing his story seven times and of destroying five electronic devices containing evidence.
According to Baldrige, Mueller's first reaction was to deny touching the Wildest Dreams singer at all, followed by saying that if he had done it, he did it by accident.
Two years later, when he filed suit, Mueller changed his story again to claim that his immediate boss Eddie Haskell had groped Swift.
Later, in a deposition, he said he had his closed fist behind Swift's backside and so could not have groped her, then changed his story again to say he had his open hand behind her.
In fall of 2016, he told a Detroit radio station that his and Swift's arms had brushed and finally, in the opening argument made by his lawyer in court Tuesday, said he touched her rib but nothing else.
Mueller, who was censured by Judge William Martinez last month for failing to preserve laptops and cellphones containing recordings of an interview he had with KYGO's management, was also accused of destroying evidence by Baldridge.
He added: 'He [Mueller] is seeking a payday. His motivation is getting money and revenge on his boss Eddie Haskell and KYGO.
'Will he be allowed to stifle a young woman's right to report a sex assault in the workplace to management?
'If this person [Swift] cannot stand up and serve as an example to other women, then who can?'
Taylor Swift's attorney Doug Baldridge (left) questioned why Mueller changed his story about the alleged groping incident on Tuesday¬†
¬†Tree Paine, publicist for Taylor Swif,t arrives at court in Denver, CO escorted by a security team
Baldridge also rejected Mueller's claims that no one in the 'photo booth' saw what happened, saying of the seven people in the room, four saw something 'so unusual, they knew something was wrong.'
All four will appear on the stand later this week, alongside Swift's mother Andrea, Mueller's former girlfriend Melcher and Swift herself.
Swift's counsel claim Melcher has already confessed that she had no idea what was going on while the photo was being taken because she was focused on the picture.
Mueller, now silver-haired and wearing a black suit and tie, and a silver watch, in court, has begun giving background evidence covering his career prior to June 2 2013.
He is due to give his account of the groping incident following the lunch recess.
Swift, who was seated in court beside her mother throughout, heard the opening arguments and the start of Mueller's testimony in silence.¬†
Earlier Tuesday, the singer entered the courthouse via a side door, and walked into the courtroom flanked by her lawyer, and her mother Andrea who is also a defendant in the civil case brought by Mueller.
Swift once again opted for a somber look, taking her seat in a high-necked black dress and styling her blonde hair in a sleek ponytail.¬†¬†
She spent the early part of the hearing looking on intently as the judge spoke to the jury pool, occasionally pausing to flick through court papers spread across the table at which she is seated.¬†
Jury selection was completed at 9.29am local time, following a series of peremptory strikes on both sides.¬†
Swift, her hands clasped in front of her and her head bowed, rose to watch the rejected jurors file out; speaking briefly to her mother as they left court.
The remaining eight were sworn in shortly afterwards and were told not to talk about the case between themselves or to anyone else.¬†
A car with heavily tinted windows, assumed to be arriving with Taylor Swift, drove into to the federal court car park on Tuesday
Mueller filed suit in 2015, claiming the 27-year-old fabricated her claim that he grabbed her bottom during a meet and greet at Denver's Pepsi Center in June 2013.
But a month after Mueller's suit was lodged in court in September 2015, Swift counter-sued ‚Äď alleging battery and sexual assault and saying she had 'never been more sure of anything in my life'.
The long-running legal battle is now to be decided by a Federal jury, with selection getting underway in Denver yesterday.¬†
Both Swift and Mueller were in court for proceedings but sat at separate tables and with their backs to each other.
According to Denver District Court spokesman Jeff Colwell, jury selection will be completed by Tuesday lunchtime with opening arguments following that afternoon.
Swift's fans have also been given limited access to the trial, with 32 seats being made available each day.
On Tuesday morning, a line of approximately 30 'Swifties' had formed by 7am with many saying they had been waiting since 5am in order to secure their spot in court.
Edward Lee, 50, and his 10-year-old daughter Vegazaringlee had been standing outside since 5.30am, with Lee telling DailyMail.com that both are Swift fans.
He said: 'I'm a fan [of Swift] and I was interested in getting my daughter a civics lesson from a role model.'
Vegazaringlee added: 'I'm a super-fan. I know this is cheesy but I'm her biggest fan. I don't think she's lying. She wouldn't lie to her mom, her manager and her fans about this.'
Others in the line said they had come to show their support for Swift, who, fans said, would be vindicated.
Jacquelyn Evans, 32, of Denver, had been waiting in line since 5.45am and said she expected the case to be 'interesting'.
Taylor Swift entered through a side door away from the media, dressed in a¬†high-necked black dress and her hair styled into a sleek ponytail
The jury selection was completed at 9.29am local time with both sides making¬†peremptory strikes against potential jurors¬†
Tree Paine was followed by cameras as she entered the courthouse. Some fans waited outside beginning at 5am Tuesday morning ¬†
She said: 'I think it will be interesting to hear both sides, although I'm on Taylor's side. She wouldn't make something like this up. She's an honest person and should be allowed to defend herself.'
Another Swift fan, Matt Frickel, 28, who is from Montana but now lives in Denver, added: 'I think this Mueller guy will lose. I mean, why would she make it up?
'She's got lots of money, lots of fame ‚Äď she's got all this and she's only suing him for $1. It's really interesting.'
Day one of the trial, which is expected to last for nine days, saw jury selection get underway with two struck out at the request of legal teams on both sides.
Potential jurors had been asked to complete a questionnaire which included demands to know if they are Swift fans, as well as if they listened to the radio station where Mueller was once employed.
Only one admitted to having a penchant for the Nashville singer, telling Judge William Martinez that she would not call herself a fan but adding: 'She's very good. I do follow her.'
The hearing also saw Swift accused of launching 'a crusade for women's rights' by Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland.
Attempting to remove a juror whose wife teaches female empowerment workshops, McFarland said: 'Miss Swift in this case has taken a position that isn't just about what happened between her and David Mueller. She has turned this into a crusade for women's rights, women's issues.'
One man recused himself on the grounds that some of his friends had suffered sexual assaults themselves and he wouldn't be able to judge the case impartially.
Another juror was removed after it emerged that he had viewed a photograph of Swift and Mueller taken during the meet and greet at the Pepsi Center on June 2 2013.
The image, which shows Swift standing between Mueller and his then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher, is expected to form part of the singer's case but was leaked to TMZ at the end of last year.
In it, Mueller's hand is hidden behind Swift's backside ‚Äď and she later said in her counter-complaint that he 'took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek. And no matter how much I scooted over, it was still there'.
Mueller, who denies the claim, says the singer did not say anything to him at the time. He says he first knew of the claim when he was confronted by a security guard the same evening.
He also says he told the man to call the police but notes that the Wildest Dreams singer did not do so ‚Äď explained in earlier hearings by Baldridge as her wanting to keep the situation 'discreet and quiet and confidential'.
The former radio host was fired from his $150,000-a-year job by Lincoln Financial Media two days after the incident and is hoping for damages of up to $3 million should he triumph.¬†¬†
Jury selection got underway in Denver, Colorado, Monday afternoon.¬†The singer, 27, was in court, making her way inside via a side entrance.
Dressed in a white dress and black jacket, Swift sat silently beside her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, as proceedings got underway.
Former radio host David Mueller was in court and arrived with his lawyer Gabriel McFarland.
Several prospective jurors were quizzed by Judge Martinez over their knowledge of the case, including a woman who had seen a photo of Swift and Mueller taken at the time of the alleged groping incident.¬†
Judge Martinez said: 'The photo is out there on the internet. I ordered that it not be put out at the time but even federal judges cannot do everything.'
Another woman was asked about a sexual assault she herself had endured but told the Judge that she had recovered from the ordeal and did not believe it would affect her ability to make a decision on the case.
Juror 734 was asked about her liking for Swift's music, telling the court: 'I do have a positive image of her [Swift]. I don't listen to her a lot.'
Jury selection began Monday for¬†David Mueller's lawsuit against Taylor Swift. The pop star counter-sued him for assault and battery¬†
Tree Paine (center) Taylor Swift's publicist, walked in to attend the jury selection phase in a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped the pop singer
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Taylor Swift's mother says she and her daughter's managers decided to tell the bosses of a radio DJ that he had assaulted the singer, hoping he would be fired but not asking them to do so.
¬†Andrea Swift testified Wednesday in the civil trial in federal court in Denver that Taylor Swift told her that David Mueller had groped her during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 concert in Denver.
She said she didn't contact police in order to protect her daughter, saying she didn't want the incident to 'define her life.'
Mueller denies groping Swift and sued her and her team for causing him to be fired for his job. Andrea Swift is a co-defendant in his lawsuit.
Swift counter-sued, alleging sexual assault.
Taylor Swift's attorney says several people noticed the pop star was upset after meeting with a former disc jockey for a photo op before a 2013 concert.
Lawyer David Baldridge said Wednesday during a civil trial in the groping case that Swift's bodyguard Greg Dent had testified in a deposition that he had seen Mueller lift Swift's skirt.
Baldridge also quoted a deposition by Swift's photographer Stephanie Simbeck, who said Swift uttered 'that guy' had grabbed her behind.
Dent and Simbeck are listed as possible witnesses in the Denver trial.
Mueller has sued Swift, claiming he is being falsely accused and that he was fired over her allegation. He is seeking at least $3 million.
Swift has countersued, claiming she was sexually assaulted.
Former disc jockey David Mueller has acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind Taylor Swift is 'weird and awkward.' But he insists he was touching Swift in her ribs, not her rear, as she alleges in the groping case.
During testimony Wednesday at the civil trial, Swift attorney Douglas Baldridge repeatedly asked Mueller why his right hand is behind Swift in a pre-concert photo op.
Mueller says his hand was touching Swift's skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed.
He said his hand was at rib-cage level and 'apparently it went down.'
Baldridge showed the jury several photographs of fans meeting with Swift before the 2013 concert in Denver, pointing out another man who had his arm around Taylor's shoulder.
Mueller claims in his lawsuit that he is being falsely accused by Swift and he was fired over her allegation.
A former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift has taken the stand again in Denver federal court as testimony resumes in his legal battle with the singer-songwriter.
Wednesday's court proceedings were delayed by a closed evidentiary hearing that lasted nearly two hours.
David Mueller is a former radio show host. He started testifying Tuesday and was being questioned Wednesday by Swift's attorney Douglas Baldridge about his claim that Swift falsely accused him of groping her before a 2013 concert.
Mueller was fired by his employer, country music station KYGO, and he's seeking up to $3 million in damages.
Swift countersued, claiming Mueller sexually assaulted her.
Testimony in Taylor Swift's lawsuit trial accusing a former Denver DJ of groping her has been delayed while the judge holds a closed hearing to discuss evidence.
U.S. District Judge William Martinez ordered jurors, spectators and the news media to leave his courtroom Wednesday so Swift's attorneys and lawyers for plaintiff David Mueller could discuss undisclosed evidentiary matters.
Mueller is a former radio show host.
He was scheduled to resume testimony Wednesday after being grilled by Swift attorney Douglas Baldridge Tuesday about his claim that Swift falsely accused him of groping her before a 2013 concert.
He noted that Mueller has said he lost an audio recording of a meeting he had with his bosses at country music station KYGO before they fired him.
Mueller is seeking up to $3 million in damages.
Swift countersued, claiming he sexually assaulted her.
Asked if she was a fan of the singer, she said: 'Not particularly, no, but she's good. I do follow her.'¬†
The process is expected to be completed by Tuesday lunchtime with opening arguments from both sides due to be heard this afternoon.
One juror recused himself on grounds of having friends who were sexually assaulted.
A second juror was ruled out by Judge Martinez at the request of Swift's legal team after he confessed to looking at the leaked photo and said he thought it was possible he thought it could have been altered.
Juror 632 said he thought the picture could show inappropriate touching but also believed it could have been edited by the media to cast Mueller in a bad light.
Baldridge said: 'His responses indicated that he had already pre-judged the physical evidence.
'He voiced unsupportable theories about the photo being altered.'
Mueller's counsel objected to the removal on the grounds that the man was merely 'curious' but was overruled by the judge.¬†
Swift and her mother Andrea will both take to the stand during the trial, as will Mueller and Shannon Melcher ‚Äď his co-host on the day of the alleged assault and his girlfriend at the time.
The star was accused of launching 'a crusade for women's rights' during jury selection.
Gabriel McFarland, who is representing former radio DJ David Mueller, made the claim while attempting to strike out a prospective juror whose wife teaches female empowerment workshops.
McFarland told Judge Martinez the man would find it 'difficult' to go home if he found against Swift and accused the singer of making the case about more than the alleged 2013 groping incident.
He said: 'Miss Swift in this case has taken a position that isn't just about what happened between her and David Mueller.
'She has turned this into a crusade for women's rights, women's issues.'
He also attempted to remove a woman who is thought to have suffered a similar incident, saying it would be 'unfair to ask her to be impartial' in the case.
Both requests were overruled by Judge Martinez, although he did allow the removal of prospective juror 457 who had already told the court he would find it impossible to be unbiased because some of his friends had endured sexual assaults.
Speaking early in the proceedings, the man said: 'I've had friends who have had similar experiences. I still have that personal investment.
'They claimed it several years ago but I can't say there wouldn't be any bias that might affect my decision.'
The juror questionnaire asked how familiar potential jury members were with Taylor Swift and Mueller. It asked questions such as whether or not they had attended Swift's concerts, listened to her music or bought her albums.
Media gather outside the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse ahead of the Taylor Swift trial in Denver. Colorado
The incident occurred in 2013, when Mueller (right) was a morning host at a Denver radio station. Swift said he¬†took 'his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek'
The trial is the climax of a long-running legal fight that began in September 2015 after Mueller sued Swift for $3 million over an alleged groping incident that took place in June 2013.¬†
Mueller says he was falsely accused by the Wildest Dreams singer of putting his hand on her bare backside during a meet and greet at Denver's Pepsi Center.
In his complaint, he also says he told a member of Swift's security detail to contact the police when confronted about the alleged assault but claims they called his bosses instead.¬†
Two days after the incident on June 2, 2013, he was fired from his job following an internal investigation conducted by Lincoln Financial Media.
Mueller claimed that Swift and her management team deliberately interfered with his career.
Prospective jurors were asked if they had formed any opinions about the case
Swift counter-sued the following month for assault and battery, saying in her complaint that he 'took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek. And no matter how much I scooted over, it was still there'.¬†
At the time of the alleged grope, Mueller, then 51, was a radio DJ employed by a country music station in Denver.
According to the civil complaint, seen by DailyMail.com, he was ordered by bosses to attend Swift's show and a fan meet and greet on June 2.
He met the New Romantics singer backstage in a curtained-off enclosure and posed for a picture with her and Melcher before leaving.
During that time, Swift claims he reached under her dress and grabbed her bare bottom ‚Äď telling court in a sworn deposition that 'it was not an accident'.
She added: 'It was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.'
The juror questionnaire document (pictured) asked potential jury members if they were fans of Taylor Swift and her music¬†
The jurors were asked if they went to Taylor Swift's concert in June of 2013, the year after she released her album Red
A fan waits outside at the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse where jury selection began on Monday
Swift showed up to court through a side entrance away from the massive media presence near the main entryway¬†
A photograph taken on the day is expected to form part of the evidence against Mueller and shows him posing with the singer and Melcher.
In it, Mueller's hand is hidden behind the singer near her bottom but he claims the only physical contact they had was when their arms brushed as they took their positions.
The DJ says as many as 20 other people could have been in the room at the time and insists the security guard present did not react to anything during the meet and greet.
Mueller claims he was later confronted by one of Swift's security guards over the allegation and told the man he should call the police.
The juror questionnaire asked if the potential member knew the radio personalities on KYGO Radio where Mueller used to work. It also asked if the potential juror knew Swift's mother Andrea who is expected to testify during the trial¬†
He and Melcher were then escorted out of the Pepsi Center and he was fired two days later, after Swift's radio promotions manager Frank Bell told Mueller's bosses about the incident.
The police were not called because of Swift's wish to keep the situation 'discreet and quiet and confidential', according to her attorney Douglas Baldridge.
Mueller's lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, has argued in previous hearings that he could be the victim of mistaken identity.
Baldridge, meanwhile, has said Swift is upset by Mueller's claim that 'for some reason she might have some incentive to actually fabricate this story.'
A number of fans are expected to attend the trial, with 32 seats in the public gallery being made available each day.¬†
The trial continues tomorrow and the singer is expected to take to the witness stand herself on Wednesday.¬†
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