Taylor Swift‘s mother, Andrea Swift, testified Wednesday that she felt sick after her daughter told her that she’d been allegedly groped by former radio DJ David Mueller four years ago.
Andrea Swift took the stand Wednesday in the ongoing civil trial between the singer and Mueller, who has said that he did not inappropriately touch the pop star.
Andrea Swift said she was not at the meet-and-greet at the time of the alleged incident in Denver back in June 2013, where the singer claims Mueller put his hand under dress and grabbed her backside during a publicity photo, but that she felt like she wanted to vomit and cry at the same time when her daughter shared her side of the story.
“We were shocked. … We felt it was imperative we let his employers know what happened. … We did not want him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift said, adding that several people on Taylor Swift’s team notified KYGO, Mueller’s station at the time, though the singer never directed anyone to fire him. “He committed a sexual assault on my daughter. I wanted them [KYGO] to make their own conclusion.”
After Mueller’s station got wind of the alleged incident, he was fired. Mueller then sued Taylor Swift in 2015, claiming she falsely accused him of grabbing her backside during the event two years prior, which caused him to lose his job. The pop singer then filed a countersuit, in which she said Mueller “took his hand and put it up my dress” backstage. Mueller denied “unequivocally” that he intentionally groped the singer, according to the paperwork obtained by ABC News.
Mueller, who has denied Taylor Swift’s claims, told the jury Tuesday during his testimony that he was “100 percent clear” with his managers that he did not grope the pop star.
In her continued testimony on Wednesday, Andrea Swift said her daughter had never reported inappropriate touching or contact before this incident and that she “heard it from my daughter’s mouth. I knew exactly what happened. He sexually assaulted her, that guy,” she said, pointing at Mueller in court.
“It shattered our trust. It scared us,” she said, adding that meet and greets are now smaller, and have more security than before. She added that it left her daughter “shaken” and “humiliated.”
When asked why Swift’s team never called the police about the incident, Andrea Swift said, “we didn’t want it to be public” and that she didn’t want her daughter to be defined by that one night.