Tay­lor Swift tes­ti­fies in court

In trial about a 2013 pub­lic­ity event, the singer de­tails al­leged phys­i­cal con­tact.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Nar­dine Saad nar­dine.saad@la­times.com

The singer de­tails al­leged in­ci­dent in grop­ing trial.

Tay­lor Swift took the stand Thurs­day in her grop­ing trial against former Den­ver ra­dio host David Mueller.

On the fourth day of pro­ceed­ings, the 27-year-old pop star tes­ti­fied in U.S. District Court in Den­ver, in­sist­ing that Mueller grabbed her but­tock in June 2013 while they were pos­ing for a photo dur­ing a pre-con­cert event.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that Swift said: “It was a def­i­nite grab. A very long grab,” later not­ing that some­one would have had to have been un­der­neath her to see the ac­tual grop­ing, “and we didn’t have any­one po­si­tioned there.” Swift tes­ti­fied she “got as far away from him as I pos­si­bly could” af­ter the in­ci­dent. Her ac­count un­der­cut Mueller’s tes­ti­mony that he was “jostling” to get his arm around her dur­ing the photo op.

Re­call­ing the events at the crux of Mueller’s and Swift’s du­el­ing law­suits be­ing tried in Den­ver this week, the singer told Mueller’s at­tor­ney that she is “crit­i­cal” of Mueller “for stick­ing his hand un­der my skirt and grab­bing my bare ... . ”

Mueller claims that he was fired from his job at coun­try sta­tion KYGO and was banned from Swift con­certs based on false al­le­ga­tions about the 2013 en­counter. In her coun­ter­suit, Swift ac­cuses Mueller of sex­ual as­sault and is seek­ing a sym­bolic $1 in dam­ages.

On Wed­nes­day, Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, who is also named in Mueller’s $3-mil­lion law­suit, di­rectly ac­cused the former DJ of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her daugh­ter.

A tear­ful Andrea Swift said, “I knew what hap­pened, I heard it from her, I heard it from my daugh­ter’s mouth. He sex­u­ally as­saulted her, right there, that guy,” she said dur­ing her emo­tional tes­ti­mony, point­ing at Mueller, ac­cord­ing to E! News.

She added that she didn’t want her daugh­ter to “re­live this aw­ful mo­ment” and en­dure the In­ter­net trolling that would likely en­sue had it gone pub­lic. The in­ci­dent “shat­tered” their trust, she said, and re­sulted in the Swift team chang­ing their ap­proach to meet-and-greets.

Mueller tes­ti­fied on Tues­day that a col­league groped Swift, not him. As he con­tin­ued his tes­ti­mony on Wed­nes­day, he said that he had his palm down dur­ing the meet-and-greet and re­called only touch­ing the singer’s rib cage with his knuck­les, ac­cord­ing to AP.

The mo­ment was cap­tured in a pho­to­graph in which Mueller and his girlfriend flank the then-23year-old pop star. The pic­ture is a key piece of ev­i­dence, and Andrea Swift de­scribed how a curve in her daugh­ter’s skirt was a re­sult of Mueller’s hand go­ing be­hind Swift and grab­bing her but­tock, the Den­ver Post re­ported.

Mueller later told his lawyer that his hand “was not on Tay­lor Swift’s rear end.”

“Be­cause I was a larger per­son, I thought it would be a good idea if I closed my hand so I didn’t poke Tay­lor with my fin­gers,” Mueller said.

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