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I Did Not Grope Taylor Swift: Radio Host Testifies

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DENVER: The radio host whom Taylor Swift has accused of groping her testified Tuesday that her version of what occurred is false and that her account, embraced and acted upon by his employers, ruined his life.

“It cost me my career, the thing I love to do, my passion,” the host, David Mueller, who was known on air as Jackson, said. He was the first witness to testify in the trial that grew from the civil case he filed in 2015 against Ms. Swift.

“It’s been hard on my friends,” he said. “It has an impact on my girlfriend. It’s a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable.”

In court documents, Ms. Swift says Mr. Mueller put his hand up her dress and grabbed her bottom as he posed for a photograph with her before a June 2, 2013, concert in Denver. Mr. Mueller contends Ms. Swift’s account led the Denver radio station KYGO to fire him and he later sued the entertainer, her mother and one of her managers. Ms. Swift then countersued, accusing Mr. Mueller of assault and battery.

Eight jurors – six women and two men – will decide the two suits and they listened Tuesday in United States District Court here as both sides outlined their cases.

Ms. Swift’s lawyer, Douglas Baldridge, hammered at Mr. Mueller’s credibility during cross-examination, raising, for example, the disappearance of recordings that Mr. Mueller had secretly made of conversations with his bosses about Ms. Swift’s allegations. And while Mr. Mueller said he had filed suit to clear his name, not to win a specific amount in damages, he acknowledged to Mr. Baldridge that he had hired an expert who determined the termination had cost him nearly $3 million.

Mr. Mueller also acknowledged a strained relationship with his superiors at KYGO before the encounter with Ms. Swift and he noted that his suit targets only Ms. Swift and her associates, not the station or its executives.

“He wants you to give him the payday,” Mr. Baldridge told the jurors. “He is trying to make the victim pay the price.”

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From left, Grace Jarecke, 16, Lucy Peterson, 17, and Dani Kuta, 17, all from Denver, show off the first tokens for admittance to the courtroom where the civil case involving Taylor Swift is being heard.

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