Taylor Swift took the witness stand yesterday in her lawsuit claiming a radio host groped her at a meet-and-greet in 2013.
The radio host, David Mueller, has sued the pop star, claiming she and her team’s accusations against him caused him to lose his job and harmed his reputation.
Swift then countersued with a sexual assault claim. While Mueller is seeking at least $3m in damages, Swift is asking for $1.
Both claims are being weighed at the trial which is taking place in Denver, Colorado, and yesterday saw the third day of testimony.
“He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt,” the pop star testified. “He stayed attached to my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him.”
Swift said she was stunned and tried to get away from Mueller but felt she could not say anything to him as she did not want other fans lined up to hear and she did not want to cancel the event and disappoint them.
Swift said she tried to get as far away from Mueller as she could and that a security guard working for her named Greg Dent witnessed the groping.
She testified 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.
When Mueller’s lawyer asked how she felt about him losing his job at a radio station following their encounter, Swift said: “I’m not going to allow you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault.
“Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions — not mine.”
Mueller testified on Wednesday that he touched Swift in the ribs, not on the rear.
His lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, presented the photo that was taken to jurors. It shows Mueller, his girlfriend and Swift standing together, smiling. Mueller’s hand is behind Swift but it is not clear where it is placed.
McFarland claimed the image shows “his hand is not underneath Miss Swift’s skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion.”