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Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ's lawsuit

Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ's lawsuit

Day Two After a mostly middle-aged jury of six women (one black, one Asian and four white) and two men (one white, one Hispanic) was selected, the trial began.

A USA judge on Friday dismissed claims that pop superstar Taylor Swift got a radio DJ fired, but court proceedings will continue to consider the singer's allegations that he sexually assaulted her. David Mueller has accused Swift of slandering him to his radio station, alleging her complaint led to his unfair dismissal.

The singer's mother, Andrea Swift, and Frank Bell, her radio manager who contacted the station about the incident, work for Swift's management company, 13 Management LLC.

The judge said that "Taylor Swift did not act improperly".

Swift used the word "ass" dozens of times on the witness stand as she told jurors that David Mueller reached under her skirt during a meet-and-greet photo op in 2013. He claims that Taylor's mother has interfered with his business relations and he can still sue her for damages after advocating for her daughter who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the radio personality. The photo of Swift, Mueller and his girlfriend shows the morning show host on radio station KYGO with his hand behind the singer's rear end. However, Mueller denies the groping claims.

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Mr Dent, who no longer works for Ms Swift, told the court he was steps away when Mr Mueller posed with his girlfriend and the pop star.

The Shake It Off and I Knew You Were Trouble singer, however, later complained and Mr Dent confronted Mr Mueller at the event.

"It was a definite grab - a very long grab".

The pop superstar testified for about an hour on Thursday, sometimes using unflinching language in giving her account of what happened.

He added when he heard the allegations, he "thought it was a joke".