Taylor Swift Has Called Gender Studies Professor As Expert Witness
Tue, 16 May 2017 11:42:02
Taylor Swift has called a university professor to act as expert witness in her court proceedings against radio DJ Davi Mueller — who she is suing on charges of sexual assault and battery.
Swift case against Mueller rests on the accusation that the DJ lifted the singer's skirt and groped her at a meet-and-greet in June 2013 in Colorado. Due to the allegation the Mueller has lost his job at the country music radio station, 98.5 KYGO.
Mueller initially sued Swift, describing her allegations as "False". This move was met with by a counter-suit from the singer, who, in October 2015, formalized her accusations as "sexual assault and battery".
During her deposition, Swift described the alleged incident as leaving her feeling "frantic, distressed and violated". Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Swift has commissioned a teacher from the University of Colorado Boulder — Lorraine Bayard de Volo — to analyse whether Mueller's "behaviour is consistent with perpetrators of sexual assault".
In the report, authored by de Volo, she argues that Mueller's "masculine status" had been challenged, since he had been treated as a fan during the meet-and-greet, rather than as a VIP — his typical status. "This perfect storm of threats to Mr. Mueller's perceived status is consistent with the well-settled, academically-accepted, perceived threats to status that motivate a man to commit sexual harassment or assault," Says the report.
Mueller's attorney Gabriel McFarland has filed a motion to exclude de Volo's testimony, saying: "She has never before served as an expert witness, and apparently has no training in psychology. Nonetheless, according to Ms Bayard de Volo's written report, she intends to opine that Mr Mueller had the profile of a person likely to sexually assault women."
The court date set for a hearing of the trial is August 7th 2017.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff