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09 August 2017, 12:25 | Cassandra Thompson
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The jury doesn't have to make a decision of guilt in this case, University of Denver adjunct professor Karen Steinhauser said. Her lawyers have called the photo "damning" proof that Mueller groped her. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. Swift is seeking $1. He blames her for loss of income and damaging his reputation. The process was slow, though, and has been extended into Tuesday morning.
Although the alleged groping could have been considered a crime under local law, Swift did not report it to police.
Each side will be given 25 minutes.
Potential jurors were also asked about whether they had seen any photographs related to the case.
Here is a brief rundown of the claims and counter-claims. The "Shake It Off" singer countersued, saying in court papers that he "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".
- Shannon Melcher, Mueller's girlfriend at the time, will testify about standing on the other side of Swift when the photo was taken, and to Mueller's character.
Swift confirmed that they did inform the manager of KYGO management about the supposed incident, but she denied that she demanded for his ousting.
Opening statements were expected to begin Tuesday in the case that could last two weeks.
Police and a bomb-sniffing dog waited in the rain Monday with about a dozen reporters before potential jurors were set to arrive for questioning.
Swift, dressed in a black jacket and white top, paid close attention to the proceedings, even jotting down notes on her pad of paper. A further 75 seats will be provided in a viewing room at the Denver courthouse.
Taylor Swift's publicist Tree Paine, center, walks into the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse on August 7, 2017 in Denver.
Taylor Swift appeared in court in Denver, Colorado on Monday during the first day of jury selection for her case against radio DJ David Mueller, in which she is accusing him of assaulting her when a photo was being taken.
Tree Paine, Taylor Swift's publicist center, walks into Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse on August 7, 2017 in Denver. She is expected to take the stand during the trial in US District Court in order to testify about the incident.
Jurors will try to decide whether a radio host groped the pop superstar during a photo op before a concert in Denver in 2013 - and whether she and her team got him fired. "I think women across the county are cheering for Taylor Swift".
Taylor Swift performs to a sold out crowd June 2, 2013 at Denver's Pepsi Center.
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