DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift testified Thursday that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver.
“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” the pop star testified during about an hour on the stand in federal court during a trial over the claim.
Swift said she tried to get as far away from David Mueller as she could. She said she told Mueller and his girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, who was also in the photo, “thank you for coming” in a monotone voice before they left.
Swift said she was stunned and did not say anything to Mueller or halt the meet-and-greets after he left because she did not want to disappoint a few dozen people waiting in line to appear in photos with her.
She testified she first mentioned the incident about 15 minutes later to her photographer, Stephanie Simbeck.
Mueller has sued Swift and others on her team, denying he groped Swift and claiming the allegation cost him his job. He is seeking up to $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault, and is asking for a symbolic $1 judgment that holds Mueller responsible.
The pop star was cordial in her testimony but direct and sometimes testy while being questioned by a lawyer representing Mueller.
Asked about her reaction when she learned that Mueller had been fired, Swift replied that she was not going to allow the lawyer or Mueller make her feel like it was her fault.
Questioned repeatedly about how she was groped, Swift testified…
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