Aug 31, 2016

    Swift not selected by judge for jury duty


    TAYLOR Swift was the most high-profile absence at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) but, on Monday, the singer happily took photos with fans after reporting for jury duty in Nashville.

    The 26-year-old was photographed by other potential jurors as she was waiting to be selected as a jury member ahead of a trial in a Nashville court, according to Twitter user Tracy Bates (@TracysActivism).

    She had initially tweeted: "I am on jury duty with #taylorswift13" and said the singer's security personnel would not let her take a picture at first.

    But she later posted a video and numerous photos, including a wefie with Swift, who was wearing a simple black dress and smiling, in the waiting room.

    Bates said Swift was happy to pose with other potential jurors and she also posted an autograph from the pop star that said "So nice to meet you!!".

    Another user, who posted a photo of Swift with her mother on jury duty, made her account private.

    But Swift was dismissed as a prospective juror in the aggravated rape/kidnapping case.

    She told the judge that she has a pending civil case that is also linked to sexual assault.

    In the incident, a DJ allegedly fondled her backstage during a concert.

    Swift, named Forbes' top-earning female celebrity this year with US$170 million (S$232 million) in earnings, did not receive a single nomination at Sunday's MTV VMAs.

    She did not appear at the New York show.

    She was, however, mentioned on stage by rapper Kanye West, with whom she has a long-running feud, as he rambled about asking her for permission to use her in an explicit lyric in his song Famous.