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Lawyers set to make closing arguments in Taylor Swift trial today

And that happens in our world,” he testified last year. Frank Bell, a member of the singer’s team, contacted Mueller’s bosses at the station KYGO. Bell and Andrea Swift are also defendants in Mueller’s lawsuit. A very long grab.”
Other key witnesses:

Andrea Swift, the singer’s mother, was involved in the decision to contact Mueller’s boss and not call the police. This story was first published on DenverPost.com The photograph
Swift’s lawyers called the image “damning” proof that Mueller inappropriately touched her. She testified that she saw nothing happen during the brief encounter and that she and Mueller were rudely confronted and escorted out of the arena that evening. Here’s a look at the key elements in the he-said, she-said trial that began Tuesday in federal court in Denver. I’ve watched what happens with these files and individuals.”

The encounter
Swift took the stand for about an hour Thursday, testifying that Mueller grabbed her bare backside and held on for a long time during the meet-and-greet. Mueller argues it shows him trying to jump into the frame. She says she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted. Melcher said Mueller was devastated by the accusation. But jurors will consider his identical allegations against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell. “It was a definite grab. Shannon Melcher, Mueller’s girlfriend at the time, was standing on the other side of Swift when the photo was taken. Swift countersued and is seeking a symbolic $1. District Judge William Martinez determined Friday that the pop star could not be held liable because David Mueller failed to prove that she personally set out to have him fired after the 2013 photo op. He testified Friday that Mueller groped Swift under her skirt a moment before a staff photographer took a photo of the singer. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba, The Associated Press)
Lawyers will be making closing arguments Monday in a trial concerning allegations that a former radio host groped Taylor Swift during a photo op before a concert in Denver, and as to whether the singer’s mother and her radio liaison later set out to destroy his career. Swift’s business manager, Jesse Schaudies Jr., said her side did not want the picture in the news. 10, 2017, in Denver. In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial Thursday, Aug. U.S. Entertainment news outlet TMZ obtained and published the photo, which has been sealed by the court. Greg Dent, Swift’s bodyguard, was standing a few feet away during the photo op. Related Articles

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Mueller sued Swift after her team reported the alleged assault to his bosses at a country music station. He is seeking up to $3 million, saying the allegation cost him his job and reputation. “He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” she said. But he did not take any immediate action because he generally took his cues from Swift and she gave him none. “These people all tend to escalate. “We did not want copycats and one-uppers abounding. She used explicit language that seemed designed to avoid sugar-coating what she described as a sexual assault when she posed for the photo.

Jury finds that radio host groped Taylor Swift before Denver concert, awards her symbolic $1

“She is putting out message for women like us: Stick up for yourselves.”
“I am so happy because I knew she was right,” said 16-year-old Lizzy Howard, speaking of Taylor. Is that the face of someone who just had a strange man grab her butt?” McFarland said, referring to a smile on Swift’s face. “Taylor Swift is my idol, and I want to meet here.”
Both girls said they were moved by Taylor hugging her mother after the verdict as her mother cried. He claimed that they interfered with his employment at KYGO after Bell reported to the station Swift’s claims that the host had groped her and said it could have “grave” consequences on the relationship between the singer and the station. Mueller had sought up to $3 million, saying the allegation cost him his job and reputation. With their three answers to the counter-claim, jurors found that Mueller assaulted and battered Swift, and then they awarded her the damages she sought. But leave your concert T-shirt and banners at home

Taylor Swift trial: Swift team says alleged 2013 assault changed how the singer approaches fans

Swift countersued and sought the $1 in damages. Jury deliberations were interrupted earlier Monday so jurors could ask the judge whether Swift needed to have apprehension before being groped in order for it to be considered a sexual assault. Baldridge said the apprehension could happen during or after the assault to qualify. “That dollar is of immeasurable value,” Swift’s attorney Douglas Baldridge, said after the verdicts were read. The line is drawn.”
The jury — six women and two men — rejected Mueller’s claims as it considered six questions during deliberations in the federal civil trial, which began last week. Taylor Swift’s lead attorney Douglas Baldridge talks to media outside the Alfred A. Last week, Martinez dismissed Mueller’s claims against Swift but allowed his claim against Swift’s mother and promotions manager to go forward. A federal jury on found that a former radio show host groped singer Taylor Swift before a 2013 concert in Denver and awarded her $1 in damages. He said Mueller was upset that he was placed in the kiddie line and not with his peers and radio executives at another meet-and-greet session earlier. “They tried to get out of the kiddie line …This man — the prominent on-air personality — was embarrassed.”
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Yes, you can go to the Taylor Swift trial. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
A federal jury on Monday found that a former radio show host groped singer Taylor Swift before a 2013 concert in Denver, and it awarded her a symbolic $1 in damages. “You could tell the love in there,” Howard said. He said there was no shock because nothing happened. Last week, Swift used blunt language to describe the assault during a meet-and-greet photo session with fans and others before a June 2, 2013, concert at the Pepsi Center. In his closing argument, Baldridge said Swift spoke on behalf of all women when she testified that “no means no.”
“He lost his job because he grabbed her butt and he got caught,” Baldridge said. A preponderance of evidence is “more probably true than not.” Their decisions had to be unanimous. “I’m sure she thinks it’s true, but the photograph says otherwise.”
McFarland told jurors that Swift’s mother and Bell used their influence to pressure KYGO into firing Mueller. They reached a verdict at 4:26 p.m. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process,” Swift said in the statement, which was reported by TV station Denver7. Mueller, a former KYGO radio host, sued Swift, her mother and her radio promotions manager, Frank Bell, in 2015. He said her body was aligned just as it had been during each of the numerous photographs taken of her with various fans. Mueller … I think it’s crystal clear Ms. I don’t know,” McFarland said. Baldridge asked jurors to look at the smile on Mueller’s face when the picture was taken. Arraj Courthouse, after day 6 of the Taylor Swift and David Mueller trial, on Aug. “Boy, she must have confused one of these little girls with Mr. “I think it is a new day because Taylor said this is it. Three of the questions dealt with Mueller’s claim and three dealt with Swift’s counter-claim. The jurors had to reach a verdict based on a preponderance of evidence, not proof beyond a reasonable doubt as required in criminal trials. He said jurors were wrong if they believed the apprehension could only happen before the assault for it to qualify in the context of this civil trial. Swift lie? The jury also found that neither Swift’s mother nor her radio promotions manager interfered with David Mueller’s employment contract when they reported the assault. “Now he’s trying to save his butt.”
But McFarland told jurors that Swift falsely accused Mueller of assaulting her and that accusation destroyed his career. “The right thing happened,” Baldridge said. 14, 2017 in Denver. “I thought we saw a man of fragile ego on the stand,” Baldridge said. McFarland crouched down almost like a baseball catcher while demonstrating how low Mueller would have had to go to reach underneath Swift’s skirt and grab her. “He would have had to bend down like this.”
“Look at Ms. “I want to thank Judge William J. “I could tell Taylor was extremely excited,” said Abbey Shaw, 16. He asked the jurors if there was any doubt who the perpetrator had been. She said she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been sexually assaulted. A statement from Swift called the verdicts a victory for all women. During closings both sides offered dramatically different versions of maybe the most important piece of evidence during the trial: a photograph of Taylor Swift taken during the photo session. U.S. Martinez took a short recess to give Mueller’s attorney Gabe McFarland an opportunity to respond. They only other adult couple in the group included a young man with long red hair with his arm around Swift’s upper back, he said. During his closing argument, Baldridge showed numerous pictures of Swift posing with other fans, most of whom were women with young daughters. He said Swift had a lot of courage to come forward, and he called her an inspiration to others. District Judge William J. Swift’s face. Martinez later declined to answer the jury’s question and ordered jurors to continue deliberating. “That is a man who is very proud of what he was doing at that moment,” Baldridge said. The photograph shows Swift moving away from Mueller, who had his hand directly behind her bottom. The question came at 3:18 p.m., nearly three hours after the jury began deliberations. “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand he didn’t touch my arm, he grabbed my bare ass,” she said. Swift didn’t misidentify this man in that lineup,” Baldridge said. “Why would Ms.

Garth Brooks, Joe Walsh and The Lumineers mingle in star-studded Colorado Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Surprise guests marked the early portion of the show, each honoring chart-topping hits written and recorded at Caribou Ranch. Part awards ceremony and part live music medley, each induction organizes its regional luminaries around a theme. The tribute included performances by Amy Grant and her husband Vince Gill, a host of fellow CMHOF inductees ranging from Poco, Firefall and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He had also made a connection with Chicago Transit Authority and Blood, Sweat & Tears producer Jim Guercio, who was building a world-class recording facility on 4,000 acres he had purchased in the foothills north of Boulder. But Szymczyk, a Navy sonar technician turned ABC Records producer and engineer, offered a unique opportunity. “I had seen it in Europe,” Szymczyk said of Caribou, “but there was nothing like it in America at the time.” The idea of getting away from busy and distracting entertainment epicenters to write and record in the country’s beautiful pastoral expanses was revolutionary in the early ’70s. “Ladies and gentlemen,” announced Walsh, “I present to you the anthem of Colorado.” Cue the opening riff of “Rocky Mountain Way,” Walsh’s first bonafide hit single. Remaining members of Fool’s Gold, Fogelberg’s ’70s-era backing band, also performed. When Walsh took the stage along with drummer Joe Vitale and bassist Kenny Passarelli, the respectful, museum-like atmosphere of Fiddler’s Green immediately shifted to that of a proper rock show. Having already experienced a measure of success in the Ohio-based James Gang, the future “Hotel California” guitarist had been offered countless opportunities in the more traditional music industry markets of Los Angeles and New York. Brooks, a longtime admirer of Fogelberg’s work, took the stage to a raucous ovation in his famous black hat and laid into an upbeat performance of “Phoenix.”
With the night in hand, nearly all of the evening’s performers walked back on stage to help Brooks sing Fogelberg’s “Souvenirs” song “There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler,” belting the coda with the crowd into the Colorado night sky, likely just as the singer had intended when he wrote it more than 40 years prior. Szymczyk also served as a connector through two of the night’s inductees: He recorded Barnstorm’s debut album at Caribou Ranch, the first record cut at the studio that Morris called “the Abbey Road of America.”
“When Bill Szymczyk suggested in 1971 that I pack up and move out to move to Colorado, I thought he was either crazy or brilliant,” Walsh said in a phone interview days before the concert. The last song Summer recorded was a rendition of Fogelberg’s “Nether Lands” from his 1977 album of the same name. Morris is a friend of Joe Walsh, and spent extensive time at Caribou Ranch as a young promoter. This year’s roster, called Rocky Mountain Way, welcomed Barnstorm — Joe Walsh’s underappreciated pre-Eagles and post-James Gang project — singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg and Nederland’s legendary destination studio, Caribou Ranch, into its hallowed halls, physically located at Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s Trading Post. And then came country crossover powerhouse Garth Brooks — last seen in Denver selling out the Pepsi Center for eight consecutive concerts over four nights in 2015. Joe Walsh embraces Bill Szymczyk after announcing him as the award of of excellence recipient during the Colorado Music Hall of Fame Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. He also served as executive producer on an upcoming Dan Fogelberg tribute album that decided much of the latter portion of Sunday’s ceremony. Eventually, artists from all over the world would travel to track and mix some of their best recorded work — John Lennon, Elton John, Phil Collins, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, U2. Big band boss Glenn Miller and Denver cabaret singer Lannie Garrett were notable among last year’s class, dubbed 20th Century Innovators. The sun went down, the volume went up and the five-piece band on stage ripped into “Barnstorm”‘s opening track, “Here We Go.” The band then immediately segued into a nearly 10-minute version of “Turn to Stone,” featuring poignant images — given this weekend’s events in Charlottesville — of protest and political unrest on the stage’s video projection screen. And then came the moment the crowd was waiting for. We have some ideas what it could be. Sudano is the daughter of disco singer Donna Summer, who was a fan of Fogelberg’s work before she died in 2012. John Oates performed Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me.” The Lumineers, days ahead of its own three-night stand on the Fiddler’s Green stage to close out its latest world tour, overcame early monitor trouble to play a stripped-down version of Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit.” And ’90s rockers Big Head Todd & the Monsters got the crowd tapping their feet with a faithful rendition of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star.”

Record producer Bill Szymczyk, the man many throughout the evening credited for bringing this migration of seminal ’70s music institutions to the Rocky Mountain region, received a well-earned achievement award. After escaping a Los Angeles earthquake earlier in the year, he elected to relocate to the more seismically-stable Denver, where he started Tumbleweed Records with record executive Larry Ray and began working at KFML, a fiercely independent album-oriented rock radio station. But the first album committed to tape in the nascent facility was what would eventually be considered Joe Walsh’s first solo work, “Barnstorm.”
Barnstorm’s performance on Sunday was its first in about 44 years, according to Morris, and it didn’t disappoint. Also included was a moving performance by Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, better known as husband and wife duo JOHNNYSWIM.   After a brief intermission, the festivities then shifted to the evening’s final inductee, Dan Fogelberg, who died in 2007. Related Articles

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Globe Hall is hosting a “secret” show this weekend. The event, which sold out the 18,000-person Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in hours, featured what may have been the highest-profile class of inductees since John Denver and Red Rocks were admitted in the hall’s inaugural year. The crowd eagerly rose to its feet and sang along as the band jumped around on stage like it was 1971. “Every (class) has been great,” noted Chuck Morris, chairman of the CMHOF and president of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, the state’s dominant music promoter. That said, Morris has a special interest in this year’s inductees, a class he’s angled to recognize for at least three years. (Photo by Daniel Brenner, Special to The Denver Post)

It’s little wonder why Sunday night’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony was filmed by PBS for a future episode of “Soundstage,” its long-running televised concert series.

A Tribe Called Quest cites “humbling” Red Rocks show in reason for Outside Lands cancellation

Dear Questers,
We want to sincerely apologize to you for our absence at the Outside Lands Music Festival. Times). 11, 2017. But anyone at A Tribe Called Quest’s show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last week could tell you that the concert was one the group wouldn’t soon forget. Although the house was filled with love and we felt it all, we also felt the huge void of Phife’s absence. We walked off that stage deep in grief. Sometimes that is the case and sometimes the grief and loss is compounded. Our performance at the festival has been months in the making and in those months we have been fraught with an emotional and eager excitement to touch the stage in the place where Phife Dawg made his home. RELATED: A Tribe Called Quest’s final Red Rocks show was everything it needed to be
Read more about how A Tribe Called Quest’s Red Rocks show affected the group in its open letter to Outside Lands fans, excerpted below (via the L.A. In show business there is a notion that the “show must go on” no matter what. Not only was Red Rocks ATCQ’s final show in Denver, but it was the seminal hip-hop group’s only non-festival performance it has on the docket for 2017. Phife Dawg, ATCQ stated it will close the book on the group after its next tour. The beautiful Red Rock amphitheater was filled with voices helping us get through a difficult performance without our brother Phife. That Friday morning upon traveling to San Francisco, a wave of grief was still on us and in that moment we could not see the “on” to go on to. It was humbling. The show was so heavy, in fact, that it led to the group pulling out of its set at San Francisco’s Outside Lands the following day. In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, ATCQ stated that playing to a “filled house of solely Questers” at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was “humbling,” but also deeply emotional. In the wake of the death of the group’s venerable M.C. So much so that when the group travelled to San Francisco the next day, near where Phife Dawg made his home before he passed, the “wave of grief” it stirred up was still on them, leading the group to nix its show at the festival. Sometimes though, when you have lost someone close, you are riddled with the notion that there is no going on. Upon the eve of playing for you, we performed not to a mixed crowd of festival patrons but to a filled house of solely Questers. A Tribe Called Quest performs at Red Rocks on Aug. Your love, dedication and support of our music is important to us. Eventually though in face of loss you find that glimmer of light to bring you to your center and you find the “on.” You would think that with every performance we heal a little more and the sadness is easier to handle. (Dylan Owens, The Know)

When an artist stops a concert to tell a crowd how special the show is, you can usually chalk it up to showmanship.