Taylor Swift was the first witness to take the stand on the fourth day of her trial against former radio DJ David Mueller, who Swift alleges touched her inappropriately during a meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013. Her mother, who took the stand the previous day, did not attend, citing illness. Swift spent just shy of an hour on the witness stand, according to Buzzfeed’s Claudia Rosenbaum, revisiting the alleged assault and describing Mueller’s behavior as “despicable,” “shocking,” and “horrifying.”
“It was definitely a grab,” she said of the incident, during which, she explained, Mueller put his hand up her skirt during a photo opportunity. “He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I moved away from him, visibly uncomfortable.” She added she thought both Mueller and his girlfriend, with whom they are also photographed, were intoxicated.
After the alleged groping, Swift continued to meet with fans, reluctant to post-pone or cancel an event that many had waited hours for. On cross-examination, Mueller’s attorney Gabriel McFarland told Swift still could have taken a break, Swift replied, “and your client could have taken a normal photo with me.” McFarland attempted to redirect Swift on several occasions during his cross-examination—she also added she did not blame her bodyguard, who had been there while the photo was taken; instead, “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass,” she told McFarland. Buzzfeed also observed Swift “appeared aggravated” by the questioning.
“I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is [in] any way my fault because it isn’t,” she said.
McFarland also asked Swift if she watched police shows during his cross-examination; she emphatically responded she named her cat Olivia Benson after Mariska Hargitay’s Law & Order: SVU character. At the close of McFarland’s questioning, Swift’s own attorney said he had no questions for her.
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