With Taylor Swift present, potential jurors in their lawsuit against a former Denver radio speaker received a questionnaire asking them if they had been improperly touched or accused of touching Taylor Swift, Center of the case.
The 15-page questionnaire, released at the beginning of the selection of the jury in this case with conflicting demands, also asks the candidates if they have seen any photography related to the demand, a possible reference to a photo that circulates on the internet in which DJ David Mueller has his right hand behind the pop star, just below his waist at a concert in Denver in 2013.
Swift states that Mueller touched his ass during a photo shoot with fans at the concert. His lawyers have said that photography is a “damning” test that Mueller touched her.
Mueller, who also attended the jury selection denied that allegation said the photograph only shows him trying to get the picture. In it is seen Swift and Mueller smiling.
In his lawsuit, Mueller states that he was fired from his job at a country music station after Taylor’s team unduly told his boss that Mueller had played the singer.
He asks for compensation of at least 3 million dollars.
Swift arrived at the court with a white dress and a black sack, although she and Mueller do not have to attend until the trial begins.
Swift’s counterclaim accuses Mueller of sexual abuse.
Prospective jurors asked if they were fans of Mueller or Swift, including whether they had seen Swift in concert, downloaded or purchased their music and attended the 2013 concert.
The jury’s questionnaire says that anyone who is uncomfortable in dealing with inappropriate touching can talk to the judge in private.
The final eight-member jury will be selected from among 60 candidates, said court spokesman Jeff Colwell. There will be no alternate members. The selection may last until Thursday, after which the first statements will begin.
A possible jury member was dismissed when he answered the question “in a lawsuit between David Mueller and Taylor Swift would his position be partial to or against Taylor Swift or David Mueller?”, And the possible jury responded “she seems petty And spiteful. “
The case will be taken in federal court because Swift and Mueller live in different states, Swift in Nashville, Tennessee, Mueller in Colorado, plus the compensation that has been requested exceeds $ 75,000.
The trial is expected to last about two weeks and according to court documents, it is unlikely that anyone will comply with a legal agreement.
Swift is seeking compensation for a dollar but calls for Mueller to be held accountable and “an example to other women who might be reluctant to publicly revive similar scandalous and humiliating acts,” their suit says.
Swift and Mueller are expected to testify together with Mueller’s former chief of staff and former members of Swift’s entourage.
Mueller, then 51, was a morning announcer on a country music radio station when he was assigned to the Swift concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Mueller was behind the scenes with his girlfriend when they met Swift, then 23, in a closed place. They posed for a photograph and left.
Then Swift’s bodyguard confronted Mueller and accused him of having put his hand under the singer’s dress and having touched it.
Mueller denied the allegation and said he asked to call the police. He and his girlfriend were removed from the arena and a member of Swift’s team called his boss.
Swift never went to file his complaint with the police. She tried to keep the situation “discreet, quiet and confidential,” and was upset when Mueller stated that “for some reason, she might have some incentive to come up with that story,” her lawyer Douglas Baldridge said in court.
Mueller’s lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, says Mueller may have been mistaken for another after someone else touched Swift.
In addition to Swift, Mueller accused the singer’s mother and a member of her team in the suit.