Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Taylor Swift Testifies in Sexual Assault Court Case

Taylor Swift Testifies in Sexual Assault Court Case

Taylor Swift took the stand Thursday in federal court in Denver to testify about what she says an ex-radio DJ did to her in 2013: grabbed her bare bottom during a pre-concert photo shoot.

When Mueller's attorney suggested Swift could have taken a break from the meet-and-greet if she had been so traumatized, Swift reportedly shot back, "And your client could have taken a normal photo with me", adding that she didn't want to ruin her fans' experience.

She said former Denver radio host David Mueller "grabbed my ass underneath my skirt", then she lurched away as fast as she could.

Andrea Swift acknowledged in court Wednesday that she sought to keep a lid on the encounter in order to protect her daughter.

"It was a definite grab. a very long grab", she said.

Swift further explained that while she personally has no sentiment toward Mueller, he described her as "cold" in his earlier testimony. "It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before", the pop star said, according to BuzzFeed News.

On Wednesday, Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, testified that the incident "absolutely shattered our trust" and caused them to scale back meet-and-greets.

The 27-year-old singer took the stand for an hour, wearing a colorful floral dress, and appeared to be in good spirits prior to being questioned by Mueller's attorney.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift's mother recounted before a United States jury on Wednesday the moment her "shattered" daughter said she had been groped by a local radio host. The singer said she was in shock after the alleged groping, and went through the motions for the rest of the event.

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Asked by McFarland why her bodyguard did not step in when "this big drunk guy" groped her, Swift replied: "No one could have expected this to happen".

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The singer added she informed her body guard about the incident and Mueller was removed from the premises.

In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, denying the accusation and alleging that they pressured KYGO to terminate him based on a false accusation.

She said couldn't have said anything about what happened without others already in the photo area overhearing.

Mueller has testified that he did not deliberately touch Swift inappropriately, but that he might have accidentally touched her in the rib area in his hurry to jump into the photo shoot with her.

"I knew what happened, I heard it from her. I wasn't going to blame Greg Dent for something Mr. Mueller did", Swift said.

Swift is seeking a symbolic $1, saying she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.

Baldridge repeatedly interrupted Mueller during an aggressive cross-examination and noted that Mueller has said he lost an audio recording of a meeting he had with his bosses before they fired him.

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