Here's Everything You Need to Know About Taylor Swift's Groping Testimony
Today, Swift took the stand and described the alleged assault as "horrifying and shocking."
Earlier today, Taylor Swift took the stand to testify against David Mueller, a former radio DJ for KYGO who allegedly groped the star at a meet-and-greet event. The incident in question took place at Denver's Pepsi Center in 2013, when Swift claims Mueller grabbed her inappropriately as they were posing for a photo. Today, she echoed her pretrial deposition in the courtroom, as CNN reports.
Swift explained the logistics of the "shocking and horrifying" incident—their backs were to the wall, and she accused Mueller of grabbing her in a place where he thought no one could see. (Swift says that her bodyguard, Greg Dent, saw Mueller lift her skirt.) "What Mr. Mueller did was very intentional," Swift said while fielding questions from Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, during her cross-examination. "I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass."
McFarland then probed to see if Swift felt guilty when she found out Mueller was fired in 2015, but she was unflinching. He also attempted to use a photo from the meet-and-greet to absolve Mueller (via CNN):
"I'm not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn't," she said. "I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine," Swift added later.
At one point, McFarland brought up a photo from the meet-and-greet that shows Swift, Mueller, and Mueller's then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher. Each side of the trial has attempted to use the photo to bolster their argument, but Swift rejected McFarland's claim that the photo showed nothing inappropriate.
"Gabe, this is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt -- with his hand on my ass," she said. "You can ask me a million questions -- I'm never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different."
Yesterday, Swift's mother testified and detailed the moment when she found out about the incident. "I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time," she said. Mueller, who is suing Swift for $3 million in damages, has maintained that while the photo might have been "weird" or "awkward," he only touched her on the ribs with a closed fist.
Swift isn't seeking financial damages from Mueller—her countersuit is for $1—but hopes that the case can serve as "an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."