Swift: DJ 'Stayed Attached to My Bare Ass-Cheek'

Singer testifies in groping lawsuit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2017 11:30 AM CDT
Swift: DJ 'Stayed Attached to My Bare Ass-Cheek'
In this sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, pop singer Taylor Swift, left, and a defense attorney look on as former radio host David Mueller, background right, speaks during a civil trial in federal court Tuesday in Denver.   (Jeff Kandyba)

Taylor Swift testified Thursday that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside underneath her skirt during a meet-and-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver, the AP reports. "He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him," the pop star testified in federal court during a trial over the claim. Despite being stunned, Swift said she did not say anything to David Mueller about it because she didn't want other fans lined up to hear anything and she didn't want to cancel the event and disappoint them. Swift said she tried to get as far away from 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.

Mueller sued Swift and others on her team, claiming they cost him his job, and is seeking up to $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault, and is asking for a symbolic $1 judgment. Swift said a security guard working for her witnessed the groping. She testified guard Greg Dent saw David Mueller "lift my skirt" and grab her but that it was impossible for anyone to see Mueller's hand beneath her skirt and on her buttock because they were posing for the photo with their backs to a wall. Mueller testified Wednesday that the photo taken before the concert was "weird and awkward," but he insisted that he touched Swift in the ribs, not in the rear. Mueller testified his hand was touching Swift's skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed: "My hand was at rib-cage level and apparently it went down." (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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