Taylor Swift’s Mother Confronts Man She Says Groped the Star

Eight jurors — six women and two men — are deciding the two cases in a trial scheduled to last nine days.


Ms. Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, center, sitting between her daughter, left, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010.

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Andrea Swift said that she and other members of her daughter’s management team decided to have Mr. Mueller escorted from the Denver concert venue, the Pepsi Center, so “that he would not be able to stare at her during her show after what he had done to her.”

“He sexually assaulted her. Right there. That guy,” she said, referring to Mr. Mueller, who was sitting at a table with his lawyers.

Later, the Swift team informed Mr. Mueller’s employers, she said, but did not call the police because of concern that going public might only lead to cruel internet memes and additional exposure, “making her relive this awful moment over and over.” “We felt it was imperative for his employer to be informed,” she said. “We also felt a responsibility to make sure this not happen to another young woman.”

Mr. Mueller’s team called Ms. Swift’s mother to the stand to demonstrate what role the singer’s management had in the radio station’s decision to fire him. Andrea Swift said that she indeed hoped KYGO would fire Mr. Mueller, but that she did not know what the station would do.

Mr. Mueller repeatedly denied groping Taylor Swift during his testimony, but acknowledged under cross-examination that he had done a lot to spread the star’s allegations. “It’s possible that people working in the radio industry heard about it through me telling people,” he said during his second day on the stand in federal court here. Mr. Mueller said later that he felt obligated to be honest with anyone who might hire him.

Under questioning by Ms. Swift’s lawyer, Douglas Baldridge, Mr. Mueller said he had told 37 people about Ms. Swift’s allegations, among them potential employers and his partner in a programming content company he had helped found.

Asked whether it was possible he had rendered himself unemployable, Mr. Mueller said, “I don’t think I can answer that question yes or no.”

Mr. Baldridge focused on Mr. Mueller’s actions during the photo shoot and afterward. Mr. Mueller was asked why he did…

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