Taylor Swift in court as trial begins in groping case

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LOS ANGELES: Pop superstar Taylor Swift was in court on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) as the trial began in a case pitting her against a DJ accused of groping her at an event. Eight jurors were selected Monday. Swift, 27, could take the stand to give details of the alleged assault during a meet and greet four years ago. Swift says radio DJ David Mueller grabbed her buttock during a visit backstage at the Pepsi Center in Denver in June 2013 before a concert. Mueller was sacked two days after the allegations by his local employer, radio station KYGO. He launched a lawsuit against Swift in September 2015, alleging that she should have called the police rather than his managers and that she had caused him to lose his job and salary. Mueller said in the lawsuit he was aware of an incident but said it was one of his friends who had touched her inappropriately and then bragged about it. Swift has counter-sued for sexual assault, saying she was “forced to start a one hour concert before 13,000 fans while still in distress after being so inappropriately touched.

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