Taylor Swift Testifies About ‘Horrifying’ Alleged Assault: ‘A Light Switched Off in My Personality’
Taylor Swift took the stand in Denver federal court on Thursday, testifying against David Mueller, the former deejay accused of groping the singer.
“It was a definite grab, [a] very long grab,” Swift, 27, said in court Thursday, according to ABC’s Denver affiliate. “It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional.”
Swift went into further detail about the “horrifying” and “shocking” experience, which stems from a standard meet-and-greet photo-op Swift held before her Red tour concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver on June 2, 2013.
“He stayed on my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him uncomfortably,” Swift explained. “The first couple of milliseconds, I thought it must be a mistake. I moved to the side very quickly.”
Then Swift spoke of her allegation that Mueller’s hand went under her clothing, the outlet reported. “After this happened, a light switched off in my personality,” she said. “I just said in a monotone voice, ‘Thank you for coming.’”
At one point, Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, reportedly asked Swift why the front of her skirt wasn’t ruffled in a photo taken at the time of the alleged incident. “Because my ass is located on the back of my body,” she fired back.
Mueller’s attorney pressed Swift about her response in the moment, to which she responded, “Your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
Then he focused on the quality of security provided by her bodyguard, Greg Dent, asking why he didn’t take action as the situation unfolded. “[Mueller’s] hand was under my skirt,” she replied, adding, “[My] bare ass.”
McFarland pressed Swift about why the bodyguard was no longer employed to protect her. Swift indicated that “quite some time after this incident,” she was “restructuring our security team.” Though “we did offer him a position,” Dent declined the opportunity, Swift explained.
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