Friday 25 May 2018

I was stunned when DJ groped me, says Swift

Taylor Swift. Photo: Getty Images
Taylor Swift. Photo: Getty Images
Local fans of Taylor Swift are first in the public queue to get into the courtroom for the case in Denver, Colorado

James Anderson

Taylor Swift has testified that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her bottom during a meet-and-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 one 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.

Despite being stunned, Swift said she did not say anything to Mueller and did not put a halt to the meet-and-greets after Mueller left because she did not want to disappoint a few dozen people waiting in line for their turns for photos.

She first mentioned the incident about 15 minutes later to her photographer, Stephanie Simbeck.

Mueller sued Swift and others on her team, denying he groped Swift and claiming they cost him his job. He is seeking up to $3m (€2.54m) in damages. Swift counter-sued, alleging sexual assault, and is asking for a symbolic $1 judgment.

In her testimony, the pop star was cordial, but direct and sometimes testy while being questioned by a lawyer representing Mueller.

Questioned about her reaction when she learned that Mueller had been fired over the allegations, Swift replied she was not going to let anyone make her feel like it was her fault.

Swift, questioned repeatedly about how she was groped, testified that "it was a definite grab. A very long grab". She also said that no one else could have groped her.

Swift said a photo of the alleged assault showed the exact moment that Mueller groped her.

In the image, shown to jurors but not publicly released, Mueller's hand is behind Swift, just below her waist. Both are smiling.

Swift also testified that a security guard working for her witnessed the groping.

The case continues.

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