Taylor Swift's Mom: Groping Left Singer 'Humiliated'

Testimony continues over her daughter's encounter with DJ
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2017 4:11 AM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2017 6:03 AM CDT
In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, front left, confers with her attorney as David Mueller, back left, and the judge look on.   (Jeff Kandyba via AP)

(Newser) – Taylor Swift's mother testified Wednesday that she didn't call police to report allegations that a radio station DJ groped her daughter because she didn't want the moment to define the pop star's life. Her testimony highlighted an initial attempt to keep the encounter in Denver out of the spotlight, per the AP. Yet four years later, Swift and former DJ David Mueller are embroiled in a widely publicized federal court case. "I did not want to make her relive this moment over and over again," said a tearful Andrea Swift, who described her daughter as "humiliated" and "really shaken" after a meet-and-greet with Mueller. "We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn't want him to get away with it," she said. Mueller sued Taylor Swift after her team told his bosses at a country music station that he had reached under her dress and touched her backside during a photo op in 2013.

He is seeking at least $3 million, saying that the allegation cost him his job and reputation. Swift countersued Mueller, claiming sexual assault. She is seeking a symbolic $1. Andrea Swift 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 concerts is more limited. "It absolutely shattered our trust," Andrea Swift said. "It scared us, scared us very badly." Frank Bell, a liaison for Taylor Swift who deals with radio stations across the country, also testified, saying he emailed the photo to Mueller's boss so the radio station could investigate, but asked that it remain confidential. He said he didn't ask that Mueller be fired but that "appropriate action be taken." (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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