Taylor Swift’s sexual assault trial continues today, but you’d hardly know it by looking at the courtroom sketches.
Swift seems to be wearing a floral patterned shirt, but it could just be random geometric shapes. Or possibly tiny dogs. Who can tell?
According to TMZ, the sketches come from the second day of testimony in the trial between Taylor Swift and a former KYGO Denver radio host, David Mueller. Swift is accusing the DJ of grabbing her bare butt during a meet-and-greet in 2013.
Swift’s testimony on the matter is pretty graphic. “He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare a***,” she said in court on Thursday. “It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before … He grabbed my a** underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.”
Mueller denies having touched the famous singer, pleading not guilty to the sexual assault charge brought against him. During cross-examination, Mueller’s attorney pointed out that Swift continued with the meet-and-greet after the incident as though nothing had happened. Swift countered that she didn’t want to disappoint her fans.
After the meet-and-greet, Swift told her mother of the incident, who then notified Swift’s security team who then alerted KYGO management. Mueller was fired from his job a few days later.
Swift’s lawsuit is actually a countersuit after Mueller filed slander claims against Swift in February 2016. Mueller claims the allegations lead to his termination and that Swift is responsible for the loss of his future business opportunities.
Mueller’s trial is still ongoing, however, it’s not looking good so far. He’s already been sanctioned in court for destroying key evidence after he said during disposition that audio recordings of his termination from KYGO were destroyed when he claims to have spilled coffee on his laptop. The judge evidently didn’t buy it.
You can see from sketches of Mueller that his defense against Swift’s claims of sexual assault doesn’t seem to be going any better.
The job of courtroom sketch artist is a bizarre profession. It only exists because most jurisdictions in the United States bar the press from taking photographs in court. In order to get around the ban, news media outlets have to use artists to quickly sketch the courtroom. Artists must work fast as plaintiffs and defendants aren’t required to stay still while they work, meaning they often only have minutes to jot something down.
Hastily made pictures are why courtroom sketches as a genre are famous for being, well, bad.
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