Taylor Swift asks to be excused from her jury duty over a rape case as her own experience will hinder her judgement.
If anyone was wondering where Taylor Swift was during the MTV VMAs, well we have got our answer now.
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The star was actually travelling to Nashville, Tennessee where she had been summoned to serve on a jury over a domestic violence case that included physical abuse and rape before Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt Jr.
She was first summoned in December but but deferred her service due to her engagement on her 1989 World Tour in Australia.
She arrived at downtown's criminal courthouse on 2nd Avenue on Monday with additional security. She was very cordial with the crowd and even posed for pictures with the fans. Michael Washington, of Nashville, was also called for jury duty detailed that he did not realize who she was although he was a fan.
He appreciated her for her sweetness and her willingness to mingle with others. She also posed with other juror members and fans. When asked what her profession was during jury selection her profession, she replied: "I am a songwriter," according to Guardian.
However, Taylor was not meant to serve on the jury. Once hearing what the case was, Ken Whitehouse, a spokesman for the Davidson County district attorney general’s office recounted that Taylor expressed that she could not be impartial.
This confession is understandable given her own pending civil case that also involved sexual assault. Taylor asked to be left off out of concern for an upcoming trial in Denver where she said she was ‘groped’ by a fan at a meet-and-greet” Given her circumstances, Taylor told the judge she would be more than willing to serve on a jury in any other type of case.
That explains her absence at the VMAs. Although she was not nominated this year, Taylor was present in spirit in Kanye’s speech before introducing his video “Fade”.