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Taylor Swift scores small win in groping case
March 24 2018, 11:37 | Alexander Lowe
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David Mueller has been accused of lifting up Swift's skirt and groping her at a Colorado meet-and-greet in June 2013, an allegation that saw him lose his job as a DJ at the Denver country music radio station 98.5 KYGO.
"Having reviewed these evidentiary materials, the Court finds that the central and genuine dispute remains", writes U.S. District Court judge William Martinez.
David Mueller, who initially boasted of the incident, decided in 2015 to file a complaint about defamation against Taylor Swift.
"Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault - it was Mueller - and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit", stated Swift's countersuit. A judge ruled that the photo will remain sealed, but Swift's deposition was released. Swift argued that it was KYGO's independent investigation that triggered the firing, but Martinez says when viewing the evidence most favorably to Mueller, "the record does not reflect a truly independent investigation", and that under Colorado law, proximate cause needn't be a prerequisite to liability for intentional interference with contract. The report went on to reveal that the incident in question took place backstage during a concert four years ago. He ended up suing Swift over the loss of his job and harming his reputation.
However, in denying Swift's motion for summary judgment, the judge noted that the true facts of the matter are up to a jury, not a judge, to decide. "That perverse result would be contrary to the recognized purposes of enforcing limitations periods".
His attempts to sue were countersued by Taylor with sexual assault and battery allegations, with her request for a jury trial now being granted by a judge overseeing the dispute, according to People.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.