Swift pic ‘awk­ward,’ DJ ad­mits at trial

Calgary Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

A for­mer disc jockey ac­cused of grop­ing Tay­lor Swift while pos­ing for a pho­to­graph with her be­fore a con­cert ac­knowl­edged Wed­nes­day that the im­age is “weird and awk­ward,” but he in­sisted that he touched Swift in the ribs, not in the rear, as she al­leges in a law­suit.

Dur­ing tes­ti­mony at the civil trial, Swift’s at­tor­ney Dou­glas Baldridge re­peat­edly asked David Mueller why his right hand was be­hind Swift in the 2013 photo op.

Mueller said his hand was touch­ing Swift’s skirt af­ter he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed.

“My hand was at rib-cage level and ap­par­ently it went down,” Mueller said.

In the im­age, shown to jurors dur­ing open­ing state­ments, Mueller’s hand is be­hind Swift, just be­low her waist. Both are smil­ing.

One of Mueller’s lawyers, Gabriel McFar­land, told jurors that the photo does not show Mueller’s hand un­der Swift’s skirt and that the skirt was not rum­pled. Baldridge, how­ever, said sev­eral peo­ple no­ticed the pop star was up­set af­ter meet­ing with Mueller. Her body­guard Greg Dent has tes­ti­fied in a de­po­si­tion that he had seen Mueller lift Swift’s skirt, the lawyer told jurors.

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