Taylor Swift appeared for jury selection and social media couldn’t handle it

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By Katie King on

Selfies, so many selfies


Pop sensation Taylor Swift shocked the world this weekend when she did a VMA awards no-show.

The rumour mill went into overdrive: had the number one selling artist dodged the awards ceremony because of her long-running feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (both in attendance)?

No, she was completing her jury duty instead — sparking off a bit of a social media meltdown.

First, there were the tweeters who praised a “down to earth” Swift for attending jury selection.

…not that it’s required by law or anything.

Then came the, perhaps inevitable, flood of juror on juror selfies.




Even her bodyguards were snapped hanging out in the court.

Unfortunately, Swift’s courtroom performance was short-lived.

It has been reported the 26-year-old pop star has been excused from jury service because she felt as though she couldn’t be impartial. This is because the case in question had a sex attack element, and Swift is herself involved in an ongoing sexual assault case.

While some spectators have questioned whether Swift actually managed to wriggle her way out of the case because of her celeb status, criminal barrister Max Hardy reckons that’s probably not what’s happened. He said:

In an English rape trial any prospective juror, celebrity or not, who disclosed involvement in proceedings civil or criminal relating to sexual matters would almost certainly be asked to stand by.

So, that’s the end of the Taylor Swift/jury duty social media hysteria. Looks unlikely we’ll be getting a repeat of the (brilliant) moment a judge in California used snippets from Swift’s greatest hits in the summing up of a plagiarism case involving the starlet.