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Taylor Swift Groping Lawsuit Update: Judge Dismisses DJ’s Slander Claims

Taylor Swift groping lawsuit 2017
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A judge has dismissed the claims of slander from the former Colorado radio DJ who allegedly sexually assaulted Taylor Swift during a meet and greet in 2013. The rest of the case, however, will be allowed to proceed.

According to People, a Colorado judge threw out DJ David Mueller’s “claims for slander per se and slander per quod,” which were added to Mueller’s original lawsuit in early 2016. The case as a whole, though, will be tried at a later date.

In September of 2015, Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift for what he says are unfounded claims that he grabbed her bottom while taking a photo with her at a meet and greet. Mueller says he was unjustly fired from his job as a radio personality for Denver station KYGO and also lost prospective business opportunities because of the claims. A month later, Swift filed her own countersuit, saying that Mueller “intentionally reached under her skirt and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”

In late 2016, Swift and her legal team filed a motion requesting that the case against her be dismissed because Mueller’s firing was the result of an internal investigation by KYGO, not any direct action by Swift. However, the former DJ fought back against that motion, calling his firing from the radio station due to the allegation the result of a “sham” investigation.

Also in late 2016, Swift filed a motion to restrict public access to some of the documents involved in her lawsuit, including a photo of the incident, as well as a description of the photograph, 12 pages of summary judgement and hundreds of supporting documents and photos. A judge ruled that the photo will remain sealed, but Swift’s deposition was released.

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