Taylor Swift Countersuing $1 in Sexual Assault Trial

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Taylor Swift’s sexual assault trial against former radio DJ David Mueller will begin its third day Denver today. Mueller is suing Swift because he was fired from his radio co-host job in 2013 after she publicly claimed he lifted her skirt and grabbed her butt while they posed for a photo at a meet and greet during her Denver Red Tour concert. Swift filed a countersuit a month later for sexual assault and battery.

According to Gossip Cop and the Associated Press, Mueller is seeking $3 million in damages from Swift, while Swift is seeking just $1 in her suit. “She’s not trying to bankrupt this man,” her attorney J. Doug Baldridge said in his opening statement yesterday via Denver ABC 7’s live case blog. “She’s just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen.”

Gossip Cop also reported that if Swift is awarded any additional damages, she said she will donate the money to a women’s rights charity.

The Mueller v. Swift trial—which is before a judge and 8-member jury (6 women, 2 men selected)—is expected to last for nine days total. Swift is expected to testify.

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