One day after Taylor Swift gave gripping court testimony about being groped by a radio DJ, the pop star was removed as a defendant in the man’s $3 million defamation lawsuit against her.
The federal judge presiding over the case said Friday the Denver DJ, David Mueller, couldn’t prove Swift got him fired from his job at country music station KYGO-FM following the alleged groping incident after a 2013 concert, according to the Associated Press.
But the jury trial will continue in Denver with the other defendants named in the lawsuit: her mother, Andrea Swift, and Swift’s radio promotions director, Frank Bell, according to CNN.
BREAKING: Judge throws out DJ’s case against Taylor Swift in groping trial, says he can’t prove the pop star got him fired.
The Associated Press (@AP) August 11, 2017
Mueller sued Swift in 2015, claiming that she falsely accused him of groping her and pressured radio station managers to fire him. Swift counter-sued for $1, alleging he grabbed her bare butt under her skirt while she was taking a photo with Mueller and his then-girlfriend during a meet-and-greet. Swift sees her countersuit, which will continue forward, as a way to stand up for other women who have experienced sexual harassment.
“I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass,” Swift said Thursday during her one-hour testimony, according to multiple news reports.
Mueller’s attorney pressed Swift on why the front of her skirt didn’t appear to move in the photograph and she retorted: “Because my ass is located in the back of my body.
Im not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isnt,” she added at another point. “I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine.”
Muller’s ex-girlfriend says she didn’t see him grab Swift, but Swift’s bodyguard testified he did. Mueller, 55, maintains he only touched her ribs.
Swift, who hugged her brother after the judge’s ruling, looked as if she was wiping away tears, according to reporters on the ground.
Taylor Swift appeared to be wiping tears when judge made ruling
Michael Konopasek (@MikeKonopasek) August 12, 2017
Swift hugged her lawyer and her brother in the courtroom. Swift case against Mueller for assault and battery is still going forward
Claudia Rosenbaum (@CJRosenbaum) August 12, 2017
During the trial, Swift’s fans crowded outside the courthouse, and after news broke about the judge’s decision, they rallied for her online.
Tay is awesome! Loved her testimony. Way to stand strong.
chatteekathy (@chatteekathy) August 12, 2017
she put out a DAMN GOOD MESSAGE THOUGH! AMEN TAY!
KirsTie BenedicT (@kirstiebenedict) August 11, 2017
Okay. I have NEVER liked Taylor Swift (I said like, not hate) but have always RESPECTED her, and this just further proves why I do.
NatsuLian (@Natsu_Lian_) August 12, 2017
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