Defiant And Strong, Taylor Swift Testifies About ‘Horrifying’ Groping Allegation, And Stood Her Ground Against The Plaintiff’s Atty.

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Taylor Swift took the stand in Denver federal court on Thursday, testifying for about an hour against David Mueller, the former DJ accused of groping the pop star.  “It was a definite grab, [a] very long grab,” Swift, 27, said under oath, according to ABC’s Denver affiliate. “It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional.”
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Swift went into further detail about the “horrifying” and “shocking” experience, which stems from a standard meet-and-greet photo-op Swift held before her Red tour concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver on June 2, 2013.

“He stayed on my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him uncomfortably,” Swift explained. “The first couple of milliseconds, I thought it must be a mistake. I moved to the side very quickly.”

 

Then Swift spoke of her allegation that Mueller’s hand went under her clothing, the outlet reported. “After this happened, a light switched off in my personality,” she said. “I just said in a monotone voice, ‘Thank you for coming.’”

 

 

At one point, Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, reportedly asked Swift why the front of her skirt wasn’t ruffled in a photo taken at the time of the alleged incident. “Because my ass is located on the back of my body,” she fired back.

 

Swift was repeatedly asked about what she thought Mueller did with his hand, and her descriptions became increasingly more graphic: “He stuck it right up,” she said in court.

 

“Have you ever watched police shows?” McFarland asked. “Yes!” Swift said. “I named my cat after Detective Olivia Benson from Law & Order SVU.” When the topic turned to police lineups, Swift said, “This is an accurate ID,” dismissing Mueller’s claim that it was not him but rather a former colleague, Eddie Haskell, who sexually assaulted Swift.

 

“It happened to me. He had a handful of my ass. It happened to me. I know it was him,” said Swift, having faced multiple questions about how confident she was in her allegation. “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.”

 

Asked about Mueller’s girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, who is smiling in the photograph, Swift replied, “Yeah, she did not have her hand on my ass.”

 

Swift — who occasionally glanced over at her brother Austin and father Scott Swift in the front row of the gallery as she testified — also claimed that she has kept her story straight since the alleged incident four years ago: “You can ask me a million questions about it and I’m never going to say something different,” she explained. “I never have said anything different.”

 

Mueller sued Swift in September 2015, claiming that he lost his job at 98.5 KYGO after the singer’s security team accused him of violating Swift by touching her butt, which he has vehemently denied. Responding to Mueller’s suit, Swift’s rep told PEOPLE at the time that “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and “made their independent decision.”

 

Under oath Thursday, Swift was asked about how she reacted when she learned about Mueller’s termination. “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,” Swift shared. “I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel like this is my fault.”

 

She continued: “I don’t know anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him. I think what he did was despicable, horrifying, shocking, but I don’t know him at all.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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