Pre-trial documents suggest music superstar Taylor Swift is determined to reveal in graphic detail a nasty secret that she kept hidden for years until it was released to the world by the same man she accuses of sexual assault.
The Denver Post reports “Ms. Swift … will testify at trial, that (radio talk show host David) Mueller ‘put his hand under (her) dress and grabbed (her) bare ass,’ ” according to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Denver by her three Washington, D.C. attorneys. Swift intends to testify that she has “never been so sure of anything in (her) life.
Swift, who was 23 at the time of the alleged assault, is “absolutely certain of what Mueller did” and that it was intentional and “not an accident,” the document says. Swift never reported the incident to Denver police and did not acknowledge the alleged sexual assault until Mueller filed a civil lawsuit against her more than two years later in 2015.
Mueller, who was 51 and identified on radio as “Jackson,” claims that on June 2, 2013, Swift and co-defendants including her mother Andrea Swift, falsely accused him of improperly touching Swift at a pre-concert meet-and-greet and then pressured his employer, Lincoln Financial, to fire him. He was fired two days later.
Swift claims that while she told her mother that Mueller lifted her dress and grabbed her that neither she nor her mother spoke with his bosses at KYGO. Although her manager, Frank Bell, notified KYGO officials about the incident, “at no time did Mr. Bell, or any other defendant, ask KYGO to take any specific action.”
Swift countersued Mueller claiming assault and battery and is seeking reimbursement for attorneys fees and costs in defending a “frivolous lawsuit,” the document says. It asserts defenses of “unclean hands” based on Mueller’s “wrongful, unconscionable” conduct.
The trial is expected to last approximately nine days.
And while the trial will begin today, Swift and Mueller don’t need to be in court until Tuesday when opening statements are expected to be given.
Passes will be available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis for morning and afternoon sessions. Spectators will not be allowed to wear "Taylor Swift" garments.
The court has made available 32 passes for the courtroom and 75 for an overflow room where the trial will be viewed on a closed-circuit television.
A federal judge sanctioned Mueller last month as he admitted to losing or destroying electronic devices that could have contained key evidence – including a recorded conversation between him and his boss the day before he was fired.
U.S. District Judge William Martinez said the lost data was critical evidence in the case.
Other Key Witnesses
- Andrea Swift, the singer's mother, will testify about the decision to contact Mueller's boss and not call the police.
- Frank Bell, a member of the singer's team, will testify about why he contacted Mueller's bosses at KYGO and what was said. Bell and Andrea Swift are also defendants in Mueller's lawsuit.
- Shannon Melcher, Mueller's girlfriend at the time, will testify about standing on the other side of Swift when the photo was taken, and to Mueller's character.
- Greg Dent, Swift's bodyguard, may be called to testify about what he saw during the encounter.
The judge has placed a gag order on all parties, and attorneys for both sides did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Swift, one of the most successful contemporary music artists, earned $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016 following a world tour and her best-selling “1989” album, according to Forbes Magazine.