Taylor Swift wants case to serve as example to other assault victims

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

Taylor Swift's lawyer hit back Wednesday at former radio show host David Mueller after he accused the star on the second day of their headline-making trial of costing him his job and ruining his reputation.

The civil trial centers on Swift's allegation that Mueller reached under her skirt and grabbed her behind during a meet-and-greet at Denver's Pepsi Center in June 2013. Swift has counter-sued Mueller seeking $1 (77 pence) in damages, but hopes that the case serves "as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts" according to court documents. She frequently made eye contact with Mueller and occasionally looked frustrated with his statements, shaking her head in disbelief.

Swift, 27, could take the stand to give details of the alleged assault during a meet and greet four years ago.

He said he was rushing to slide into the photo as Swift spoke to his girlfriend, and that he distinctly felt the pop star's rib cage and also her arms.

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.

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Mueller may be intent on making his case, but Swift is sending a powerful message with her symbolic suit. and it isn't going unnoticed.

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

Baldridge explains why perhaps the Swift team didn't want to get the police involved in the alleged groping, saying that making the allegation would put everything in the public spotlight. She says she was sexually assaulted but was trying to keep the matter discreet and quiet. All are expected to testify during the trial.

Former disc jockey David Mueller has acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind Taylor Swift is "weird and awkward".

Following the alleged incident in 2013, Swift's bodyguard booted Mueller and his then-girlfriend from the meet-and-greet and the radio host was sacked from his job shortly thereafter.

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Arthur Lewis, also 32 and a real estate agent, said he is "a big supporter of Taylor Swift and just wanted to check it out". But he insists he was touching Swift in her ribs, not her rear, as she alleges in the groping case. I know any Taylor Swift fact that you can ask me.

Mueller initiated the litigation, claiming Swift fabricated the groping story and pressured the radio station to fire him. "Doesn't that seem more appropriate", Baldridge asks Mueller.

Swift countersued Mueller, claiming sexual assault.

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.

Baldridge stressed the absence of evidence from Mueller's various broken electronic devices, as well as his prior conflict with Haskell (a self-described "vindictive" person, per Mueller) and his relegation to the public, not media, photo-booth line at that 2013 concert that made him feel ignored by Swift.

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