Taylor Swift excused from jury duty in Nashville over ‘grope’ case

Taylor Swift has been spared jury service in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case after surprising fellow citizens with her appearance at court. During the screening process in Nashville, the singer said she was involved in a civil case over an alleged sexual assault. Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office spokesman Ken Whitehouse said that as a result, a judge decided to dismiss the 26-year-old as a potential juror. Swift told the judge she would be more than willing to serve on a jury in any other type of case, Mr Whitehouse said. Before the hearing, the Shake It Off singer chatted and took selfies with other members of the jury pool.

She asked to be left off out of concern for an upcoming trial in Denver where she was - she used the term 'groped’ - by a fan at a meet-and-greet.

Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office spokesman Ken Whitehouse

Technology-infrastructure company boss Bryan Merville said around 20 of 140 people in a waiting area asked for a photo or autograph. After getting a photo for his daughters, Mr Merville said: “She’s about as famous as they come, but she couldn’t have been nicer. "She took the time to talk to every person who asked her for a picture.” Katie Caplenor, who got the star to record a video for her carpool friends, posted a photo on Facebook and said: “Jury duty was quite an experience.” The sexual assault case in Denver is based on a counterclaim filed by Swift after a former radio host who was sacked from his job sued her. David Mueller claimed he lost his job after a member of Swift’s security team falsely accused him of grabbing the singer’s buttocks backstage during a 2013 photo session.