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Mueller first sued Swift, 27, two years after the alleged incident, claiming he lost his job at Denver radio station 98.5 KYGO after the Grammy winner's security team accused him of groping her butt during a pre-concert meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center in June of 2013.
In his filing, Mueller also accused his colleague of sexually assaulting the singer, but a rep for Swift told PEOPLE at the time that “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and “made their independent decision.”
One month later, the singer proved she wasn't going to "Shake It Off" by countersuing Mueller, saying in court papers he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”
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According to the Associated Press, Swift was present in a Denver courtroom on Monday as potential jurors were asked questions. Mueller was also reportedly in attendance.
As a 15-page juror questionnaire released on Monday shows, potential jurors were asked whether they have “listened to Taylor Swift on the radio,” “watched any Taylor Swift video,” “read a blog, magazine, or other news reporting about Taylor Swift,” “purchased a Taylor Swift album,” “gone to a Taylor Swift concert or performance” and more in the last two years.
Ultimately, a total of eight jurors — two men and six women — were selected out of a group of 60 for the jury panel.
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Swift's attorney Douglas Baldridge said Tuesday morning in his opening statements to the jury panel that the singer is "taking a stand for all women" and that "this is a case of sexual assault in the workplace."
“A woman is assaulted. She reports it and she gets sued … it doesn’t make sense,” added Swift’s lawyer. “She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone grabs you no matter who they are.”
After opening statements, Mueller was called to give his initial testimony. “My hand came into contact with a part of her body … what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs,” he said.
Swift’s lawyer said the star is asking for a $1 verdict because she’s “not trying to bankrupt this man.”
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On Tuesday, Mueller’s attorney Gabe McFarland said his client denies touching Swift inappropriately at a 2013 meet-and-greet in Colorado. He added that the star’s allegation cost Mueller his “dream job” at 98.5 KYGO radio.
“Mueller absolutely unequivocally denies he put his hand under her skirt and grabbed her bottom or touched her inappropriately,” McFarland said in court.
“My hand came into contact with a part of her body … what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs,” Mueller said during his testimony. He said that he did not mistake Swift’s ribs for her behind, adding that it’s a “humiliating thing to be accused of something that despicable.”
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SWIFT'S MOTHER TAKES THE STAND
Andrea Swift, the pop star’s mother, took the stand Wednesday, detailing how she “wanted to vomit and cry” after her daughter told her about the alleged groping in 2013.
“I knew there was something horribly wrong in that picture,” Andrea said of the image taken when the alleged groping took place. “I know those eyes better than anybody. She was pulling away. She has that smile frozen on her face, but there’s something going on in her eyes. I just looked at it and I was sickened.”
Swift, was “really shaken, she was humiliated, she was horribly embarrassed because he grabbed her bare ass,” Andrea testified.
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Swift took the stand on Thursday, testifying for about an hour against Mueller.
“It was a definite grab, [a] very long grab,” Swift said in court. “It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional.”
Afterwards, “a light switched off in my personality,” Swift said, and added that she “just looked at the floor. I couldn’t look at either of them (Mueller or his girlfriend at the time, Shannon Melcher), and I just said in monotone, ‘Thanks for coming.'”
When Swift was asked about how she reacted when she learned about Mueller’s termination, she said, “I didn’t have a reaction to a strange person I didn’t know losing his job...that was a product of his decisions, not mine."
She continued: “I don’t know anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him. I think what he did was despicable, horrifying, shocking, but I don’t know him at all.”
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WITNESSES TAKE THE STAND
Swift’s photographer and bodyguard took the stand Thursday and Friday, testifying that they saw Mueller grab the singer’s butt during the event at the Pepsi Center.
“I saw it happen,” Swift’s backstage photographer, Stephanie Simbeck, said on Thursday, according to Buzzfeed News. “I saw his hand grab her ass.”
Swift’s former bodyguard, Greg Dent, said on Friday that he “definitely remembered” seeing the deejay put his hand under Swift's skirt, and that Swift "jumped to pull her skirt down.”
Shannon Melcher, Mueller’s ex-girlfriend and the third person in the photo of the alleged assault, took the stand Friday, saying "the photo happened very quickly" and that she wasn't watching where Mueller's hands were at the time.
Mueller’s former radio show cohost, Ryan Kliesch, testified that he didn’t know Mueller to be disrespectful to women and initially thought the allegation “was a joke,” Buzzfeed News reports.
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JUDGE DISMISSES MUELLER'S LAWSUIT AGAINST SWIFT
U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed the case brought against Swift by Mueller, saying in court on Friday that Mueller has insufficient evidence to prove the pop star got him fired, PEOPLE confirms.
Mueller had sought $3 million in damages from Swift. His case against Swift’s mother, Andrea, was not dismissed and Swift’s case against Mueller for sexual assault remains ongoing.
In his ruling, the judge said Mueller had filed claims of interference with contract against Swift personally rather than 13 Management, the company under which Andrea Swift and Frank Bell — who works with her management team — are employed. “Simply put, it is far too late for the plaintiff to argue that he had filed the wrong claims against the wrong people,” he said.
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Lawyers presented closing arguments in the case brought against Swift by Mueller on Monday.
Mueller's attorney, Gabe McFarland, argued before the jury that Swift’s allegations of assault destroyed his client’s career and that Mueller "is not the guy" who grabbed Swift’s backside.
McFarland referenced the photo taken during the alleged incident, saying, "There's nothing in Taylor Swift's face to suggest anything is wrong."
Swift's attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said in his statement, "Taylor Swift said 'no,'" and he urged the jurors to say the same.
"In the most twisted circumstances, Mr. Mueller is seeking millions from these people for his wrongful conduct," Baldridge reportedly said. "Is the victimization going to stop here or is it going to go on?"
Baldridge reportedly had a very different view of the bombshell photograph, saying that Mueller looks like "a man that’s very proud in the moment of what he is doing."
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After deliberating for several hours on Monday, the jury ruled that Mueller assaulted and battered Swift at a meet-and-greet photo session at the Pepsi Center in June 2013.
Swift is being awarded $1. Her mother Andrea and a member of her management team, Frank Bell, did not intentionally interfere with Mueller’s KYGO contract, the jury ruled.
"I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process," Swift said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."