Singer missed MTV VMAs to attend jury selection meeting
Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty because she could not be impartial in the case, which involved aggravated rape and kidnapping, reports state.
The singer was unable to attend this year’s MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday night (August 28) because she had to attend a jury selection meeting in Tennessee on Monday morning (August 29). The star was one of 30 potential jurors.
It has been confirmed that the judge stated that Swift could not be impartial on the case given her on-going legal battle with a radio DJ who she has accused of groped her backstage at a concert in 2013.
Ken Whitehouse, a spokesman for the Davidson County district attorney general’s office, said: “[Swift] 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”.
Swift reportedly told the judge she would be willing to serve on the jury for any other type of case.
See a video of Taylor Swift with a fellow potential juror below.
During his 4-minute speech at the VMAs, Kanye West briefly mentioned Swift alluding to their public fallout over a line in his ‘The Life of Pablo’ track ‘Famous, which Swift claimed she did not give permission for.
“Now, later tonight ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé [which it did, to ‘Formation’ in the Video of the Year award] but I can’t be mad because I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win,” West said.
“It was an expression of our now, our fame, right now, us on the inside of the TV. You know just to put, the audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray-J in there. This is fame, bro. Like — I see you, Amber [Rose, who was also depicted in the video]. My wife is a G — not a lot of people’s wives would say let them say that right there. We came over in the same boat, now we all in the same bed.”
West appears to have now offered an olive branch to Swift with a recent tweet.