Taylor Swift trial: Singer’s mother gives tearful testimony

A former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift has taken the stand again in Denver federal court as testimony resumes in his legal battle with the singer-songwriter.

David Mueller has acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind Taylor Swift is “weird and awkward.” But he insists he was touching Swift in her ribs, not her rear, as she alleges in the groping case.


During testimony Wednesday at the civil trial, Swift attorney Douglas Baldridge repeatedly asked Mueller why his right hand is behind Swift in a pre-concert photo op.

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.”

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Baldridge showed the jury several photographs of fans meeting with Swift before the 2013 concert in Denver, pointing out another man who had his arm around Taylor’s shoulder.

Swift’s attorney said several people noticed the pop star was upset after meeting with Mueller.

Later in the day, the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift, took the stage to testify about her role in the incident. She says that she noticed her daughter acting strange backstage after the alleged assault and asked what was wrong. When she realized what was going on, she claims she immediately worked with her team to have Muller removed from the premises. 

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