Taylor Swift fans waited outside a Denver courthouse on Wednesday for a chance to see the pop star in court in a civil case she has lodged against a DJ accused of groping her. (August 9)
The Taylor Swift-vs-ex-DJ groping trial moved through a second day of testimony in federal court Wednesday in Denver as her mother, Andrea Swift, took the stand and pointed to David Mueller, declaring “that guy” had “sexually assaulted” her daughter.
But Mrs. Swift said she didn’t actually see the encounter at a pre-concert photo op in 2013 that has led to a civil trial between her daughter and Mueller over their dueling lawsuits.
She said Taylor told she had been groped, and she was so upset she felt like “I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time.” She and Swift’s management team also contacted Mueller’s radio station because “it was important they knew what happened,” she testified. She didn’t report it to police because she didn’t want the incident to take over her daughter’s life, but she was certain it happened.
“I knew exactly what happened. He sexually assaulted her — right there, that guy,” Mrs. Swift said, pointing to Mueller.
Did Mueller deserve to be fired? “He committed a sexual assault on my daughter. He absolutely did,” she testified.
Mrs. Swift’s testimony followed the continuation of Mueller’s cross-examination by Swift’s lawyers earlier on Wednesday. Mueller has acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind Taylor Swift is “weird and awkward,” but he says he never groped her rear as she alleges.
Mueller says his hand was touching Swift’s skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed. He said his hand was at rib-cage level and “apparently it went down.”
Swift’s attorney Douglas Baldridge showed the jury several photographs of fans meeting with Swift during the photo op, including another man who had his arm around Swift’s shoulder.
Baldridge also told the jury that Swift’s bodyguard, Greg Dent, testified in a deposition that he saw Mueller lift Swift’s skirt during the encounter, and her photographer, Stephanie Simbeck, testified in a deposition that she heard Swift say “that guy” had grabbed her behind. Dent and Simbeck are listed as possible witnesses.
Mueller’s lawyers are expected to begin calling his witnesses,…