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Taylor Swift offers unflinching testimony at groping trial

  • In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba via AP) Jeff Kandyba

  • In this courtroom sketch, defendant David Mueller, a former radio DJ, left, sits with his attorney during a trial Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Taylor Swift testified Thursday that Mueller reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba via AP) Jeff Kandyba

  • Herschel Coomer, front center, who uses the name Eddie Haskell when working on radio, talks to reporters after testifying in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Cooper was program director at the station where David Mueller, who is accused of groping Swift, was working when the incident took place in 2013. Cooper fired Mueller. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • In this courtroom sketch, photographer Stephanie Simbeck, who took the photograph at the center of pop singer Taylor Swift's civil trail against a Denver radio host, testifies in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba via AP) Jeff Kandyba

  • In this courtroom sketch, radio station official Herschel Coomer, who goes by the air name of Eddie Haskell, testifies in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba via AP) Jeff Kandyba

  • In this courtroom sketch, the father of pop singer Taylor Swift, Scott Kingsley Swift, left, is shown with his son, Austin, during the civil trial for the singer to determine whether a Denver radio host groped Taylor Swift, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (Jeff Kandyba via AP) Jeff Kandyba

  • Tree Paine, center, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, is surrounded by security as she leaves the civil trial for the singer to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Lawyers for pop singer Taylor Swift, Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr., left, and Douglas Baldridge leave the federal courthouse after the afternoon session in the civil trial for the pop singer to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Tree Paine, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, is escorted from the federal courthouse after attending the fourth day in a civil trial for the singer to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Erica Worden, road manager for pop singer Taylor Swift, is escorted from the federal courthouse after testifying in the civil trial to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Pop singer Taylor Swift's lawyers Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr., left, and Douglas Baldridge leave the federal courthouse after the fourth day in a civil trial to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Herschel Coomer, who use the name Eddie Haskell when on radio, talks to reporters after testifying in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Cooper was program director at the station where David Mueller, who is accused of groping Swift, was working when the incident took place in 2013. Cooper fired Mueller. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Herschel Coomer, who uses the name Eddie Haskell when on radio, talks to reporters after testifying in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Cooper was program director at the station where David Mueller, who is accused of groping Swift, was working when the incident took place in 2013. Cooper fired Mueller. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Herschel Coomer, who goes the name Eddie Haskell when working on radio, talks to reporters after testifying in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Cooper was program director at the station where David Mueller, who is accused of groping Swift, was working when the incident took place in 2013. Cooper fired Mueller. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Radio personality Eddie Haskell, whose real name is Herschel Coomer, talks to reporters after testifying in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Cooper was program director at the station where David Mueller, who is accused of groping Swift, was working when the incident took place in 2013. Cooper fired Mueller. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Samaria Alli talks about attending the morning session of a civil trail for pop singer Taylor Swift, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • A court officer directs members of the public into the federal courthouse for the afternoon session of the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Jesse P. Schaudies, Jr., one of the lawyers for pop singer Taylor Swift, arrives for the morning session of a civil trial Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Anthony Reyther, center, is cleared to attend the afternoon session in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Members of the public line up to get a pass to attend the afternoon session of a civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Swift testified Thursday that David Mueller, a former radio DJ, reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Douglas Baldridge, attorney for pop singer Taylor Swift, leads his team into the morning session of the the fourth day of a civil trial to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Former DJ David Mueller sued Swift after she said he touched her backside before a concert in Denver in 2013. He's seeking at least 3 million. Swift countersued for sexual assault and is seeking 1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski

  • Tree Paine, publicist for pop singer Taylor Swift, arrives for the morning session of the the fourth day of a civil trial to determine whether a Denver radio host groped the singer in a case in federal court Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver. Former DJ David Mueller sued Swift after she said he touched her backside before a concert in Denver in 2013. He's seeking at least 3 million. Swift countersued for sexual assault and is seeking 1.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski



Associated Press
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language that did not sugarcoat what she called a “despicable and horrifying and shocking” encounter.

Swift used the word “ass” dozens of times on the witness stand as she told jurors that David Mueller reached under her skirt during a meet-and-greet photo op in 2013.

“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift testified in federal court Thursday during a trial over dueling lawsuits in the case.

“It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” she said at one point.

Mueller sued Swift after her team reported the alleged assault to his bosses at a country music station. He is seeking up to $3 million, saying the allegation cost him his job and reputation.

Swift countersued Mueller, claiming sexual assault. She is seeking a symbolic $1, saying she wants to serve as an example to other women who have been assaulted.

Swift’s defiant, hour-long testimony came four days into a rapidly moving trial that was scheduled to last nearly two weeks. Only a handful of potential witnesses remain.

Swift’s testy exchange with Mueller’s attorney occasionally elicited chuckles Thursday – even from the eight-member jury.

She got a laugh when she said her security guard, Greg Dent, saw Mueller “lift my skirt” but someone would have had to have been underneath her to see the actual groping – “and we didn’t have anyone positioned there.”

Swift was more serious when asked her reaction to Mueller being fired.

“I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions, not mine,” she told jurors.

“Do you think Mr. Mueller got what he deserved?” his attorney Gabriel McFarland asked.

“I don’t feel anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him. ... I think what he did was despicable and horrifying and shocking.”

Mueller, his hair white compared to his image from the photo op, stared at a table while the singer-songwriter testified. He denies groping Swift.

Swift testified that after the photo was taken at the meet-and-greet, she tried to get as far away Mueller as she could. She said she told him and his girlfriend, who was also in the photo, “thank you for coming” in a monotone voice before they left.

She also said she was stunned and did not say anything to Mueller or halt the event after he left because she did not want to disappoint several dozen people waiting in line for photos with her.