Judge Drops Radio Host’s Slander Claim Against Taylor Swift Ahead Of Jury Trial On Groping Allegation

Taylor Swift must appear before a Colorado jury in August over claims a radio DJ groped her during a backstage meet-and-greet, which allegedly led to his dismissal from the radio station.

“It was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life,” Swift testified in her deposition against former DJ David Mueller. Mueller denies the incident, counteracting with a slander claim which a federal judge dropped on Wednesday.

According to court documents obtained by ET Canada, the judge did rule however “the central and genuine dispute remains” between Swift and Mueller, compelling the singer to appear in court for a nine-day jury trial in August.

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Mueller is claiming “tortious interference,” stating Swift intentionally got him fired over the alleged incident. While the judge’s ruling states Swift did not act improperly over the incident, the law requires the full exploration of Mueller’s claims.

“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,” the judge stated. “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. Moreover, while the evidence inherently raises questions of credibility, the Court may not, and does not, make determinations regarding the credibility of any witnesses. Those determinations are left solely for the jury.”

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Swift must be present for the entirety of the nine-day jury trial in Colorado, which is set to begin on Aug. 7.

 

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