- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

When it comes to doing her civic duty, Taylor Swift wouldn’t dream of trying to “Shake It Off.”

The pop star appeared in a Davidson County, Tennessee, courthouse for jury service on Monday ended up snapping photos with fellow Volunteer State residents. The singer, however, was not ultimately seated on a panel.

“A Nashville judge dismissed the 26-year-old pop star as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case on Monday, which clashed with the awards ceremony in New York,” The Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“Ken Whitehouse, a spokesman for the Davidson County district attorney general’s office, said Swift felt she could not be impartial, given her pending civil case that also involved sexual assault,” the British paper said.

But don’t expect there to be any “Bad Blood” between the jurist and the singer. In fact, it was Ms. Swift who asked to be excused.

“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,” The Guardian quoted Mr. Whitehouse.

For his part, disc jockey David Mueller strongly denies Ms. Swift’s claim that he groped her during a 2013 photo shoot. 

Although she is not currently on tour, Ms. Swift’s participation in the justice system did mean she had to skip out on MTV’s Video Music Awards, which were held Monday evening. For her trouble, like any other Tennessee resident, Ms. Swift can expect a check in the mail for $11, the daily rate the state pays jurors for their service.

With her civic duty fulfilled, Ms. Swift shouldn’t have jury service conflict with work until August 2018, when she could once again be summoned at random to serve.


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