Taylor Swift took the stand on Thursday during day four of her legal battle against ex-radio host David Mueller, and testified that Mueller “grabbed [onto her] a** cheek” during a meet-and-greet in Denver, Colorado, in June 2013.
Mueller has denied the accusations and sued Swift in September 2015. Two years after the alleged incident, claiming her accusations that he inappropriately touched her were false, and cost him his $150,000-a-year job as a host at country station KYGO-FM as well as future career opportunities. She countersued him one month later for assault and battery.
The 27-year-old singer took the stand for an hour, wearing a colorful floral dress, and appeared to be in good spirits prior to being questioned by Mueller’s attorney. During her testimony, Swift seemed very confident, and was attentive and articulate in her answers as her brother, Austin, and her father, Scott, sat in the front row.
The 27-year-old singer was questioned by Mueller’s attorney on Thursday as to why she didn’t notify her bodyguard immediately after the alleged incident. Swift said more fans were waiting in line to take a picture with her after the alleged assault, and that she didn’t want them to wait. She said she also couldn’t have reported the alleged incident to anyone on her team without the fans that were already there overhearing.
“This is not something that I wanted people to know,” Swift said. “[It] would have ruined their concert experience, and made them feel really awkward.”
Swift also talked about her bodyguard at the time, Greg Dent, not seeing the alleged assault. She held her hand up to demonstrate Mueller’s hand allegedly grabbing onto her butt, and was very animated in explaining why Dent didn’t see Mueller’s hand allegedly touching her inappropriately.
“He saw your client lift my skirt, that’s when your clients hand went out of his view because it was grabbed onto my a** cheek,” Swift said.