Taylor Swift groping case

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Taylor Swift's defense attorney dug into the former radio DJ accused of groping her during a 2013 photo shoot at the onset of questioning in the trial Tuesday-after the DJ's attorney called him to the stand first thing.

Swift's attorney attacked the credibility of former Denver DJ David Mueller on Tuesday, asking why a woman who reports an assault would then get sued.

While David Mueller claims he was only touching Swift's ribcage with his closed fist while testifying on Tuesday, during cross-examination, the former KYGO morning show host admitted in the photo, his hand is clearly quite a bit below that.

Mueller was sacked from his job at a country music station after Taylor's team told his boss that Mueller grabbed her buttock during a meet-and-greet before a 2013 Swift concert in Denver.

Andrea Swift was called to the stand on Wednesday afternoon as the case's second witness.

"Mueller absolutely unequivocally denies he put his hand under her skirt and grabbed her bottom or touched her inappropriately", McFarland said in court.

Follow along with Denver-based KMGH reporter Blair Miller on Twitter, who is in court for the trial.

"My hand was at rib-cage level and apparently it went down", Mueller said.

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Mueller's suit didn't seek a specific monetary amount but an expert retained by the ex-radio host determined that almost $3 million was a fair compensation for damages. But Mueller didn't bring that up when he was sacked or any other time before he sued Swift. Her suit also claims that any money recovered from the case will be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from acts of sexual assault. Fans lined up outside the courtroom holding tokens, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star during the nine-day trial.

The litigation was initiated by Mueller, who claims Swift fabricated the groping story and pressured station management to oust him from his job.

Swift's lawyer argued the entertainer also had no impact on Mueller's career stalling, saying the DJ had only sent packets containing his headshot, biography and audio samples to the top 20 radio markets following his dismissal from KYGO. The alleged incident took place before her concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver in June 2013.

Taylor's camp, however, said he "grabbed her rear end".

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. Mueller denied "unequivocally" that he intentionally groped the singer, according to the documents. This case highlights the importance of sexual assault and it's a great experience for girls to see that it will not be tolerated. He's seeking up to $3 million in damages.

Jury selection is to start Monday.

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