DENVER (AP) — 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.
In addition, Baldridge quoted a deposition by Swift’s photographer Stephanie Simbeck, who said Swift uttered “that guy” had grabbed her behind.
Dent and Simbeck are listed as possible witnesses at the trial.
Mueller has sued Swift, claiming he was falsely accused and then fired over her allegation. He is seeking at least $3 million.
Swift has countersued, claiming she was sexually assaulted. She is seeking a symbolic $1, saying she…
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