Swift's Lawyer Says She Had No Reason to Lie in Groping Case

Taylor Swift appears in court

Another was removed for purportedly pre-judging the case based on the photo at the center of the dispute.

"Let's be clear about something from the onset - inappropriate touching is offensive, it's wrong and should never be tolerated", said Gabriel McFarland, Mr Mueller's lawyer, in his opening statements. "Swift or put his hand under her skirt".

Mueller claims that he lost his job after a member of Swift's team called his boss to complain, leading him to lodge a $3-million wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the singer - who then counter-sued, claiming he sexually harassed her. Swift and Mueller are both smiling in the picture.

Swift's counterclaim asserts one count of assault and one count of battery, according to the documents.

The trial of a lawsuit between Swift and David Mueller, a former radio host she accuses of groping her, begins Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Denver.

Mueller, wearing a dark suit, sat at the plaintiff's table with his back turned to Swift, who sat at a nearby table with her mother, Andrea Swift, and their attorneys.

There will be no alternates.

Swift, one of America's top-selling recording stars, is expected to take the witness stand during the trial.

They must be present for the rest of the trial.

Swift was in the courtroom Monday, as was David Mueller, the former DJ who Swift says groped her under her skirt during a photo shoot before her 2013 concert at Denver's Pepsi Center. She says she does not know Mueller and has no incentive to target him or to fabricate a story.

Finally, jurors were asked if they or anyone in their immediate family are fans of Taylor Swift, and if they had recently listened to our purchased any of her music.

Mueller denies any inappropriate contact. The jury will also considered the singer's countersuit, although Swift is only seeking $1 in damages for the unwanted grab.

But he was sacked on 4 June, 2013, two days after the alleged incident.

Jury selection continues on Tuesday. "Swift's photographer and (her) highly trained security personnel.is nonsense".

"Taylor is aware that her defiance in fighting against these allegations - not only made toward her but other artists and colleagues - will achieve global visibility around sexual assault issues that, in many cases, go unreported and ignored and are marginalized", Britto said.

The pop music superstar appeared in a Denver court on Tuesday as a jury was finalized. He disputes the claim that he touched Swift inappropriately.

The jury is expected to be seated by the afternoon.

He is seeking $3m (£2.3m) in damages.

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