As the court battle presses on, Taylor Swift and her team were granted a subtle victory in her lawsuit against radio DJ, David Mueller, claiming the man groped the singer during a meet-and-greet in 2013.
After Mueller was fired from his job the same year following Swift's accusation, the radio DJ sued the pop star for his termination, disclosing in court documents referenced by Entertainment Weekly that "Swift had been groped but blamed his “superior” at KYGO, Eddie Haskell." It was after Mueller's lawsuit claiming the singer defamed his name and interfered with his employment that Swift filed a countersuit alleging battery and assault.
However, it seems Mueller found himself in hot water after he was sanctioned for (according to the Denver Post) "destroying multiple electronic devices containing key evidence in the case." Swift's legal team was granted the opportunity to interrogate Mueller about the 2-hour, since misplaced recording, conversation he experienced with his employer days before his termination. The recording was said to portray a contrasting version of the encounter at question, as Mueller has since changed his story during the duration of the case.
"[U.S. District Judge William] Martinez said the recording is critical evidence because Mueller’s KYGO boss, Robert Call, claims that Mueller changed his story when he confronted him about Swift’s claim that he assaulted her," the Denver Post explained.
The publication also reported that, in the latest court documents, "Mueller admitted to destroying or losing four electronic devices [that contained copies of the recording], including a cellular phone, laptop, iPad, and computer." In his defense, the radio personality revealed that he had accidently spilled coffee on his laptop, essentially leaving it malfunctioning and "fried".
While this piece of evidence could have served a detrimental part of the case, it seems that Swift's lawyers will have to find alternative routes to their information during their questioning.
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