Taylor Swift testifies former DJ groped her under her skirt

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Taylor Swift testifies former DJ groped her under her skirt
Taylor Swift testifies former DJ groped her under her skirt

DENVER (AP) – Taylor Swift testified Thursday that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-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 Mueller as she could. She said she told David 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 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 with her.

She testified 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 $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, 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.

When questioned about her reaction when she learned that Mueller had been fired over the allegations, Swift replied that she was not going to allow the lawyer or Mueller 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.

“It happened to me. I have a 3-D recreation of what happened in my brain,” she said.

Swift said a photo of the alleged assault, sent by a Swift liaison to Robert Call, the general manager of the radio station Mueller worked for, showed the exact moment that Mueller groped her.

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

But she said she would not have needed the photo to remember Mueller.

“I wouldn’t have needed that photograph,” Swift testified. “I could have picked him out of a line of a thousand.”

Swift also testified that 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 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.

Swift said that someone would have had to have been underneath her to see the actual groping during the photo shoot “and we didn’t have anyone positioned there,” drawing laughs from the audience in the courtroom.

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.”

The case is being tried in federal court under a law allowing the proceeding when the parties live in separate states and the dispute involves a damages claim higher than $75,000.

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Associated Press writer P. Solomon Banda contributed to this report.

In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, front left, confers with her attorney as David Mueller, back left, and the judge look on during a civil trial in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. Mueller, a former radio disc jockey accused of groping Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the pop superstar’s ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not touch her backside as she claims. (Jeff Kandyba via AP)
Tree Paine, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, heads back to a hotel after the second day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped pop singer in a case in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A court officer directs members of the public into the federal courthouse to view the afternoon session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped pop singer Taylor Swift in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tree Paine, back center, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, is escorted back to a hotel after the afternoon session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tree Paine, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, hurries across the street after the afternoon session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Baldridge, left, attorney for pop singer Taylor Swift, leads the singer’s legal team back to a hotel after the third day of a civil trial Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. David Mueller, a former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift while posing for a photograph with her before a concert, acknowledged Wednesday that the image is “weird and awkward,” but he insisted that he touched Swift in the ribs, not in the rear, as she alleges in a lawsuit. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tree Paine, center, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, leaves the federal courthouse after the afternoon session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped the singer Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Lawyers for pop singer Taylor Swift head into the federal courthouse for the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped the pop singer in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. Former DJ David Mueller, sued Swift after she said he touched her backside before a concert in Denver in 2013. He’s seeking at least $3 million. Swift countersued for sexual assault and is seeking $1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. Swift alleges that Mueller touched her during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013. The case went to court after Mueller sued Swift, claiming her false accusation cost him his job. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault. (Jeff Kandyba via AP)
Attorneys for pop singer Taylor Swift head back to a hotel after the second day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped pop singer Taylor Swift in a case in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Grace Jarecke, from left, Dani Kuta and Lucy Peterson talk to a Denver television reporter about a civil trial involving former radio host David Mueller and pop singer Taylor Swift, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Dani Kuta, from left, Grace Jarecke and Lucy Peterson queue up to attend the afternoon session of a civil trial involving former radio host David Mueller and pop singer Taylor Swift, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Officers stand guard outside the main entrance to the federal courthouse during a civil trial involving former radio host David Mueller and pop singer Taylor Swift, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. Swift alleges that Mueller touched her during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013. The case went to court after Mueller sued Swift, claiming her false accusation cost him his job. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this sketch provided by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, former radio host David Mueller appears in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. Pop singer Taylor Swift alleges that Mueller touched her during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013. The case went to court after Mueller sued Swift, claiming her false accusation cost him his job. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)
In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, left, appears with her lawyer and mother in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Denver. Swift alleges that radio host David Mueller touched her during a concert meet-and-greet in 2013. The case went to court after Mueller sued Swift, claiming her false accusation cost him his job. He is seeking at least $3 million in damages. Swift countersued, claiming sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)
Borrowing a line from one of her songs, workers put up a sign in support of pop singer Taylor Swift in the window of an office building across the street from the federal courthouse Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. Former DJ David Mueller sued Swift after she said he touched her backside before a concert in Denver in 2013. He’s seeking at least $3 million. Swift countersued for sexual assault and is seeking $1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Ian Simpson, right, of Provo, Ut., gives a kiss to his wife, Lauren, as they wait at the head of the line for the public wait to get courtroom seats to view the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped pop singer Taylor Swift in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. former DJ David Mueller, who sued Swift after she said he touched her backside before a concert in Denver in 2013. He’s seeking at least $3 million. Swift countersued for sexual assault and is seeking $1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Hannah Gu, left, and Shantel Bartolme, both of Denver, emerge from the federal courthouse after attending the morning session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a Denver radio host groped pop singer Taylor Swift in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Johnny Hultzapple, front, of Denver, waits in a public line to view the afternoon session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped pop singer Taylor Swift in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Dani Kuta, a 17-year-old from Denver, smiles as she heads back to wait in a public line to view the afternoon session of the third day of a civil trial to determine whether a radio host groped pop singer Taylor Swift in a case in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this courtroom sketch, defendant David Mueller, a former radio DJ, left, sits with his attorney during a trial Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Taylor Swift testified Thursday that Mueller reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba via AP)
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