August 12, 2017, 2:04 pm
Pop star Taylor Swift has won a key victory in her court battle with ex-radio DJ David Mueller, whom she claims groped her at a 2013 concert.
Mr Mueller, 55, originally sued the pop star for $3m (£2.3m), saying she cost him his job.
His claim was dismissed on Friday in a Denver court, BBC reports.
US District Judge William Martinez ruled that Ms Swift was not liable, as Mr Mueller had not proved she set out to get him fired.
The DJ made the same claims against the singer's mother Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell. A jury will now decide if they are accountable for Mr Mueller's sacking.
Ms Swift, 27, has countersued the DJ for allegedly groping her after she agreed to pose for a photo with him and his girlfriend.
She is seeking a symbolic $1 in damages, which she has pledged to donate to charity.
The ruling against Mr Mueller came on the fifth day of the trial.