By Karen Morfitt

DENVER (CBS4) – A legal battle featuring one of the world’s biggest music stars will take center stage next month.

Taylor Swift was sued by a Denver DJ who lost his job after she accused him of groping her.

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David “Jackson” Mueller, a former KYGO Radio host, says Swift falsely accused him of reaching up her skirt and grabbing her butt during a meet and greet in Denver in 2013.

Swift claims a photo taken at that event is proof of the incident, and counter sued for assault.

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Mueller suffered a big blow Thursday after a judge sanctioned the DJ for destroying key evidence in the case.

Court documents show Mueller recorded a conversation he had with his boss about the alleged groping right after it happened.

Only a portion of that audio was entered into evidence. The rest was either destroyed or lost.

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Mueller says he spilled coffee on the laptop he used and the hard drive he backed it up on stopped working.

A judge made the ruling, saying in part Mueller was unjustifiably careless in his handling of evidence that he had a clear duty to preserve.

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A pretrial hearing in this case is set for Friday afternoon, with the first day of jury selection scheduled for Aug. 7.

Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

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