Bodyguard: I Saw DJ Reach Under Swift's Skirt

He testifies on 4th day of civil trial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2017 5:30 PM CDT
In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial Thursday in Denver.   (Jeff Kandyba via AP)

(Newser) – Taylor Swift's former bodyguard testified Friday that he saw a DJ reach under her skirt a moment before a photographer snapped their picture during a meet-and-greet where the singer says the radio host groped her, the AP reports. Security guard Greg Dent, who no longer works for Swift, said he was standing a few steps away but didn't intervene because he generally took his cues from the pop star, and she gave him no signals during the 2013 pre-concert encounter at a Denver arena. Seated at her legal team's table in a federal courtroom, Swift chuckled when Dent testified that, after the photo was taken, he suspected that KYGO-FM host David Mueller would be at the bar of the arena—and another guard found him there.

Dent's account came on the fourth day of testimony in a civil trial over dueling lawsuits between Swift and Mueller, who denies groping her and is seeking up to $3 million from the singer-songwriter, her mother, and their radio liaison to compensate him for his ruined career. Swift is countersuing for just $1 and what she calls a chance to stand up for other women. Swift's photographer, Stephanie Simbeck, testified Thursday that she knew something was wrong as she shot the photo. She testified that Swift later told her what happened, looked at a photo, and pointed out Mueller as the person responsible. The trial is scheduled to last through next Thursday but appeared Friday to be moving quickly toward closing arguments. (Click to read about Swift's testimony or her mother's.)

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