Taylor Swift has reportedly enlisted a Gender Studies professor to aid her in her sexual assault trial against DJ David Mueller, a case that has been going on since 2015 and is set to resume on August 7, 2017.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, de Volo's report hypothesises that Mueller's alleged actions would be consistent with a challenge to his masculinity by Swift's confident presence, as well as her not paying enough attention to him, instead talking to his girlfriend and then co-worker, Shannon Melcher.
In a testimony sent to the judge presiding over the case, chair and associate professor of women and gender studies at the University of Colorado Boulder Lorraine Bayard de Volo (who also has a PhD in political science), wrote that "Sexual harassment and assault are fundamentally motivated by the perpetrator's perceived need to assert power and to protect the perpetrator's status".
In Mr. Mueller's description of the events, though Ms. Mr. Mueller said that he felt "invisible" in the shadow of his girlfriend. Fast forward two years and David refused to shake it off and ended up suing Taylor for defamation as he denied he ever groped her, and that as a result of her allegations, he lost his job as radio host at KYGO.
Reps for Taylor Swift have been contacted for comment.
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".
She writes: "This flawless 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".
Submitted to the court, de Volo has detailed her own beliefs on why Mueller may have possibly put his hand up Swift's skirt while she was posing for a photo with him.
After the alleged incident, the star was "surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed" and informed her photographer, tour manager and security team, according to the papers.
After the incident, Swift's team provided "evidence" to Denver's KYGO FM regarding the incident, and Mueller was sacked in an "independent decision", Peoplereported.