Judge rulers David Mueller failed to prove Taylor Swift personally set out to have him fired after 2013 photo opportunity
A judge on Friday threw out a Denver radio hosts subject against Taylor Swift in a ordeal that probed into their duelling suits over whether he searched her during a backstage meet-and-greet and whether she and her unit spoilt his profession.
US District Judge William Martinez determined that the pop adept has not been able to be held liable because David Mueller failed to establish that she privately set out to have him fuelled after the 2013 photo op. His identical accusations against Swifts mother and her radio liaison will go to jurors for a verdict.
Mueller repudiates seeking Swift and indicted the singer, her mother, Andrea Swift, and their radio handler, Frank Bell, searching up to$ 3 million as seeks compensation for his ruined career.
The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she required a symbolic$ 1 and the chance to stand up for other women. The jury will still consider her claim.
Swift teared up as the magistrate read his decision, suggesting there was no evidence that her acts were insincere. Afterward, her crew smiled and embraced. Muellers place did not speak.
The move came after dates of evidence from the vocalist and others and just before jurors were set to hear closing arguments.
Swift spent an hour on the witness stand on Thursday defiantly portraying what she called a abominable and horrify and shocking encounter before a concert.
He remained attributed to my bare ass-cheek as I careened away from him, Swift certified. It was a definite grab. A very long grasp, she supplemented in her testimony.
Swifts fractious exchange with Muellers attorney occasionally derived chuckles even from the six-woman, two-man jury. She got a laugh when she said her security guard determined Mueller filch my skirt but someone would have had to have been underneath her to identify the actual grope and we didnt have anyone stood there.
Swift testified that after the photo was taken she tried to get as far from being Mueller as she could. She said she told him and his sweetheart, who was also in the photo, thank you for coming in a monotone voice before they left.
She also said she was stupefied and did not say anything to Mueller or halt the phenomenon after he left because she did not wishes to thwart various dozen beings waiting in line for photos with her.
In the epitome, shown to jurors during opening evidences but not publicly secreted, Muellers hand is behind Swift, exactly below her waist. Muellers then-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, is on the other side of Swift. All three are smiling.
Melcher vouched on Friday that she saw good-for-nothing happen during the summary encounter and that she and Mueller were rudely tackled and escorted out of the realm that evening. Melcher told Mueller was devastated by the accusation.
She said she and Mueller started out as co-workers at country depot KYGO-FM and grew romantically to participate in February 2013, a few months before the concert. They drifted apart belatedly in 2013, but Melcher says they remained friends.