DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift’s mother and confidante took the witness stand Wednesday, saying she and her daughter’s managers had told the bosses of a disc jockey accused of groping the singer-songwriter that they hoped he would be fired but didn’t ask them to do so.
Andrea Swift said during her emotional testimony at a civil trial in federal court in Denver that she had no doubt about what happened during a pre-concert photo op, based on a conversation with her daughter.
“She said, ‘Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass.’ … She was really shaken. She was humiliated,” a tearful Andrea Swift told jurors.
Andrea Swift is a co-defendant in the lawsuit filed by David Mueller.
Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, asked why Swift’s team didn’t contact police.
“I did not want this event to define her life,” Andrea Swift said. “We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn’t want him to get away with it.”
Mueller has sued Taylor Swift and others, 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 wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.
Andrea Swift testified that her daughter never urged any specific action against Mueller.
She also said the encounter changed their interactions with the public, explaining that Taylor Swift’s meet-and-greets are now smaller and her interaction with fans at…
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