Taylor Swift appeared in court yesterday to testify in a civil case, claiming former Colorado DJ David Mueller groped her during a photo-op in 2013, saying Mueller grabbed her "a** cheek" during a meet-and-greet during her. Swift is being sued by Mueller, 55, who claims he was fired from radio station KYGO following her allegations. Mueller is seeking financial damages. Swift is countersuing, saying he sexually assaulted her. She is seeking a symbolic $1 to prove that anyone can "say no."
"It was a definite grab … a very long grab," she said. "It was intentional. He stayed latched onto my bare a** cheek … I felt him grab onto my a** cheek under my skirt. Swift was adamant that the grab was under her skirt, not over it.
Swift said Mueller's alleged contact left her dejected and added "a light switched off in my personality," as she quickly stepped away and thanked Mueller and used a monotone voice while thanking Mueller and his group for coming.
Attorneys for Mueller, who testified he did not grope Swift and was merely "jostling" for position, presented a photo from the meeting as evidence, saying Swift's skirt was not "ruffled, rumpled, affected in any form or fashion." "Because my a** is located on the back of my body," Swift responded.
While Mueller stated his palm was "facing down" at the time, Swift maintained that he "stuck it right up" her skirt and said her description of the incident has been consistent.
"It happened to me. He had a handful of my a**. It happened to me. I know it was him," she said. "I didn't need a picture. I could have picked him out of a line of a thousand … this is not alleged. I don't need you to grill me about the tiny details of this photograph."
Mueller claimed Swift's accusation was false and ultimately ruined his career as a radio DJ. "It cost me my career. It cost me my income. It's been hard on my family. It's been hard on my friends," he said. Swift was asked about her reaction to Mueller losing his job and the singer responded that the news had no effect on her. "I didn't have a reaction to a strange person I didn't know losing his job … that was a product of his decisions, not mine," she said. "I'm not going to let you or your client make me feel like this is my fault."
A jury of six women and two men will decide the civil trial.