Taylor Swift has a court date set for August to formally accuse KYGO radio host David Mueller of groping her backstage at a concert, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mueller is making several counter-claims in the case as well, saying both that Swift's accounts of the event are untrue, and that Swift and her team got him fired for no reason.
“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, 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 ... It was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life," Swift had said in a deposition.
JDJournal notes that photos of the incident exist, but that Swift had attempted to prevent their dissemination in 2016, thinking that the pictures might influence an eventual trial. TMZ released those photos anyway.
A jury has already rejected Mueller's accusations of slander, but at this new trial he will be given the opportunity to make a case for tortious interference. The situation is complicated, because if a jury accept Swift's version of the events, Mueller's claims are then impossible to prove.
"Having reviewed these evidentiary materials, the Court finds that the central and genuine dispute remains," writes U.S. District Court judge William Martinez in the opinion. "Certain witnesses’ testimony tends to corroborate Swift’s version of events, and Mueller points to other evidence that he argues shows inconsistencies in Swift’s story. None of this changes the reality that if a jury accepts Mueller’s version of the facts, then it must substantially reject Swift’s version, and vice versa. In ruling on summary judgment, it is not the Court’s role to resolve this dispute."
"Second, treating Mueller’s testimony as true, a jury that found he was wrongly accused might, as a consequence, also conclude that Defendants acted with reckless disregard for the veracity of their accusations, or based on a grossly inadequate investigation," the judge continues. "To be clear, the Court views this as a close question. There would appear to be nothing improper about Swift — or any other person — making an honest report to an entity with which she does business that one of its employees assaulted or harassed her. Indeed, in the undersigned’s view, the policy of the law should encourage the reporting of actual assaults, not attach liability to it. ... Nevertheless, in considering the present record, the law requires the Court to treat Mueller’s version of the facts as true at this stage of litigation, and therefore to view the entire record from a standpoint that views Mueller as having been wrongly accused."
The judge is demanding that all parties, including Swift, be present during the entire trial.
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