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Taylor Swift took the stand on Thursday morning in Denver for a little under an hour, as her groping case against D.J. David “Jackson” Mueller entered it’s fourth day. Mueller first filed suit against Swift in 2015, claiming she rendered him unemployable after she told his employers at the KYGO station that he had reached underneath her skirt and grabbed her bare bottom at a 2013 meet-and-greet. He’s seeking $3 million. She filed a countersuit in response, and is asking for one dollar.
“It was a definite grab,” Swift said once sworn in. “He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”
It’s rare for celebrities to testify in criminal cases, most preferring to remain private. And her appearance on the stand is doubly extraordinary considering Swift has laid low since February, choosing to avoid performing and public appearances. She’s even taking measures to evade paparazzi. Claudia Rosenbaum of BuzzFeedNews, tweeting from the courtroom, said the performer repeated that he grabbed her “underneath my skirt,” and clarified that despite Mueller’s testimony that he had “maybe touched her ribs,” he did not touch her anywhere but her butt. “I have experienced every awkward encounter,” she said. “This was not jostling. We were perfectly in position for the photograph to be taken.”
Swift explained that she did not take a break after it happened because she didn’t want to ruin the experience of the other fans gathered. When Mueller’s attorney suggested that she could have taken a break after the incident, she responded, “And your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
Mueller’s attorney brought up her bodyguard, and Swift says she wasn’t “critical” of him because, “we had never experienced it before.” Also: “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
During his own testimony, Mueller acknowledged that he and his girlfriend were the only adults at the meet-and-greet. “When she didn’t invite me over to pose for the photograph with her, I considered her cold and stand-offish,” he said.
To that Swift said, “I am not surprised. I have a new and uncanny ability to elicit new types criticism.”
When asked about Mueller’s firing after her complaint, she said, “I am not going to allow your my [sic] client to make me feel like it is any way my fault because it isn’t.”
When asked if she watches criminal shows on television, she said, “Yes! I named my cat after Olivia Benson on Law & Order.“
On Wednesday, the case heard testimony from her mother, Andrea Swift, who is part of her management team. She explained to the eight jurors that they chose to take the complaint to the radio station instead of the authorities because, “I did not want this event to define her life. I did not want every interview from this point on to have to talk about it . . . I did not want her to go through the endless memes and trolls and make her relive that awful moment.”
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