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Lawsuit Dismissed Against Taylor Swift

A Denver federal judge has dismissed the case brought against Taylor Swift by radio deejay David Mueller, who alleged Swift purposefully ruined his career. Swift's case against Mueller alleging sexual assault is still pending. 

Mueller originally filed the suit in 2015, claiming he lost his job after Swift's management and security team accused him of inappropriately touching the pop singer. According to the lawsuit, Mueller and his girlfriend took a photo with Swift backstage at a meet and greet during Swift's performance at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013, where Mueller allegedly placed his hand on Swift's backside. 

Later that evening, Mueller was approached by Swift's security team and accused of touching Swift's butt before being escorted out of the building. Two days later, Mueller was fired from his position on 98.5 KYGO's Ryno and Jackson show after the radio station was given evidence of the alleged incident. According to a Swift spokesperson, the termination was the radio station's independent decision.

After Mueller brought suit, Swift countersued; alleging in court documents that Mueller "intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate matter, against her will, and without her permission." Swift only sought $1 in damages, as money was not her motivation for the suit.

U.S. District Judge William Martinez determined that Mueller showed insufficient evidence to prove Swift got him fired. Additionally, Mueller acknowledged the suit should have been brought against the management company as opposed to Swift directly; Judge Martinez felt it was too late for Mueller to realize the claims had been filed against the wrong individuals and would not allow the plaintiff to make any amendments. 

Mueller's case against Andrea Swift, Taylor's mother; and Frank Bell, who works for the singer's management company, still remains and a jury decision is expected on Monday along with a decision on Swift's sexual assault counterclaim. Mueller can still claim damages for the remaining five months on his terminated contract, but only if they are proven with reasonable certainty. Judge Martinez has asserted that Mueller's damages cannot be based on speculation. 

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