Was there an assault or not? This is the question at the center of Taylor Swift‘s trial.
Back in 2015, radio host David Mueller sued the singer claiming he lost his job when, he says, her security team wrongfully accused him of groping her at a 2013 meet-and-greet backstage at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
A month later, the Love Story musician countersued, claiming 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.”
Fast forward to Monday, jury selection for the trial began where all parties including Swift — dressed in a white dress and black jacket — were in attendance. According to the Associated Press, the DJ had his “back turned to Swift, who sat at a nearby table with her mother, Andrea Swift, and their attorney.”
A total of eight jurors will be selected from a pool of 60, and each were asked 35 questions, focusing on whether they are fans of Swift and whether they saw the photo of Mueller and the now-27-year-old. Each side believes the snap will determine if an inappropriate touch occurred.
See the 35 questions (below):
1. Where do you currently live (what city or town)?
2. What is your gender?
3. What is your current age?
4. Please identify [how you] describe your race and/or ethnicity.
5. Do you have any problems with language, hearing, your vision, or your health that could make it difficult for you to see, hear, and understand the testimony and evidence in this case, or to sit as a juror between today and next Thursday, August 17?
6. The Courthouse is a non-smoking building. If you are a smoker, will you be able to go without taking any smoking break each day from approximately 8:45 a.m. until approximately 5:15 p.m.?
7. What is your occupation?
8. Please describe your educational background?
9. What is your marital status?
10. Do you have any children? If yes, what are their ages and genders?
11. Specialized training or background: Do you, or does anyone in your immediate family (meaning your spouse/partner and children) have specialized training or experience in any of the following areas?
— Law, Police, Court or Legal System.
— Media (radio, TV, newspaper, webcasting)
— Music Industry (Circle One)
12. Have you served as a juror in any prior court case(s)?
13. What magazines, newspapers, websites, or blogs do you read regularly?
14. What are your primary sources of news?
— Internet. Which web site(s)?
— Local TV news. Which station(s)?
— Cable news. Which station(s)?
— Radio. Which station(s)?
— Newspaper. Which one(s)?
15. Have you ever heard of, or do you know anything about, a lawsuit between a former Denver radio DJ, David Mueller (known on air as “Jackson”), and singer Taylor Swift?
16. Have you ever seen any pictures related to a lawsuit or dispute between David Mueller and Taylor Swift?
17. Have you formed any opinion about a lawsuit or dispute between David Mueller and Taylor Swift?
18. Do you have any opinion of David Mueller? If so, what is your opinion?
19. Do you have any opinion of singer Taylor Swift?
20. Do you listen to Denver-area country radio station KYGO?
— Have you in the past?
— Have you ever considered yourself a fan of KYGO?
— Have you ever considered yourself a fan of the on-air KYGO personality “Jackson” (David Mueller)?
21. Have you ever considered yourself a fan of Taylor Swift?
22. Is anyone in your immediate family a fan of Taylor Swift?
23. Which, if any, of the following have you done in the last two years?
— Listened to Taylor Swift on the radio?
— Watched any Taylor Swift video (including online)?
— Read a blog, magazine, or other news reporting about Taylor
— Purchased a Taylor Swift album?
— Paid money specifically to download or listen to Taylor Swift’s music online?
— Intentionally listened to Taylor Swift through an online service that you pay for?
— Intentionally listened to Taylor Swift through a free online service?
— Gone to a Taylor Swift concert or performance?
— Done something else related to Taylor Swift that you think the Court and the attorneys should know about?
24. In a lawsuit between David Mueller and Taylor Swift would you have a bias for or against either Taylor Swift or David Mueller?
25. Did you attend a concert performed by Taylor Swift at the Pepsi Center in Denver on June 2, 2013?
26. The jurors in this case will be instructed that they must base their decisions entirely on the evidence produced in court, not from any outside source or preexisting opinions or attitudes. Can you set aside any opinions you may have developed as a result of anything you may have seen, heard, or read about this case before trial and decide this case only on the basis of evidence produced in Court and the instructions the judge will give?
27. If, as a juror on this case, you heard evidence that was in conflict with any information you learned before the trial, how would you resolve that conflict?
28. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children, ever been inappropriately touched?
29. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children, ever been wrongly accused of inappropriately touching someone?
30. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children ever been wrongly accused of other wrongful or criminal conduct.
31. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children been convicted of a crime?
32. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children, ever been a plaintiff or a defendant in a civil court case?
33. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children ever been fired from a job.?
34. Is there anything else you believe the Court or the parties should know which might potentially be important to your possible role as a juror in this lawsuit or affect your ability to be fair to both sides?
35. The following people and entities are or may be involved in this case, as parties, witnesses, lawyers, or Court staff. Please indicate whether you know any of these people or entities, and if so, explain how.Jeffrey Opp
Hershel Coomer (sometimes known as “Eddie Haskell”)
Ryan Kliesch (sometimes known as “Ryno” on KYGO radio)
Lincoln Financial Group
Evans & McFarland, LLC
Lorraine Bayard de Volo
Judge William J. Martínez
Welp. We definitely wouldn’t have been picked!
As for how this will all end? Well, David is seeking $3 million while the songwriter wants $1 million, so the stakes aren’t low. Stay tuned…
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]
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