Thursday, August 10, 2017
Taylor Swift Testifies: 'He Grabbed My Ass'
Taylor Swift testified Thursday that she felt a former Denver disc jockey "grab on to [her] a-- cheek" during a 2013 meet-and-greet.
Swift is being sued by former DJ David Mueller, who is seeking damages after he was fired from radio station KYGO following Swift's allegations that he groped her bare buttocks during the photo op.
The singer is countersuing, saying she was sexually assaulted and is seeking a symbolic $1 to prove a point that people "can always say no."
"It was a definite grab. A very long grab," Swift told the court of the alleged groping.
Swift was adamant that the contact was beneath her skirt, and not over it.
"He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt," she said, saying she was "completely sure" it was intentional. Swift added that right after the alleged groping, she became monotone, according to an NBC News affiliate 9News reporter.
Swift said she didn't stop the meet-and-greets after Mueller left because she didn't want to disappoint a few dozen people who'd been waiting in line. She testified she first mentioned the incident about 15 minutes later to her photographer, Stephanie Simbeck.
Reuters reports the 27-year-old Swift was testifying for the first time to a U.S. District Court jury that is weighing her accusation that David Mueller grabbed her bare buttocks during a pre-concert fan reception in 2013 against Mueller's assertion that he was falsely accused and consequently fired from his job.
Swift, one of the most popular performers in the U.S. music business, spoke forcefully as she described the incident with Mueller.
"It was a definite grab ... a very long grab," she said. "It was intentional. He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek.
"I felt him grab onto my ass cheek under my skirt. He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt."
Swift said the groping occurred as she posed with Mueller and his girlfriend for a photo.
Mueller, 55, testified on Tuesday that he may have made innocent physical contact with Swift, perhaps brushing her arm or torso, but denied any inappropriate behavior. Asked whether he grabbed Swift's backside, Mueller replied, "No, I did not."
Posted 12:31:00 PM