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Friday, 11 August 2017 21:32

Judge tosses DJ's lawsuit against Taylor Swift in groping trial

Written by  PETER MERTZ, NANCY DILLON

Swift is in the clear.

The federal judge overseeing the superstar’s Denver groping trial decided Friday that after five days of testimony, former radio DJ David Mueller failed to prove Swift ruined his career with “false” accusations he reached under her skirt and grabbed her buttock during a 2013 concert reception.

Judge William J. Martinez tossed Mueller’s case against Swift saying there was “no evidence” the Grammy winner did anything wrong when she reported in good faith an assault she believed took place.

“Taylor Swift did not act improperly,” the judge said, as the singer appeared to wipe tears from her eyes.

The decision to drop Swift from Mueller’s action did not signal an end to the case, however. The pop star’s mom, Andrea Swift, and radio manager, Frank Bell, remain respondents in the action that previously sought damages up to $3 million.

The jury, due to return for closing arguments Monday, will still consider whether Swift’s mother and Bell interfered with Mueller’s contract by trying to get him fired.

The eight-person panel will also consider Swift’s countersuit against Mueller that claims sexual assault and seeks a symbolic $1 judgment.

Speaking from the bench Friday, the judge said Mueller should have named the management company that employs Bell and Andrea Swift in his lawsuit but failed to do so in a timely manner.

Read more at NYDailyNews

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