Taylor Swift Takes the Stand in Trial Over Groping Allegation
Aug 12, 2017, 00:23
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.
'It was a definite grab. A CNN correspondent said it was "Incredibly hard, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart".
Swift contradicted Mueller's earlier testimony that he had simply "jostled" Swift while posing for the photo, and according to the Denver Post, suggested that he may have touched her rib cage, but not her buttocks. She said several times, "Your client grabbed my ass", at one point calling it a "devious and sneaky act". [His hand] didn't let go. "It was a very shocking thing".
The defendant however denies the allegation and went ahead to sue Taylor in 2015 for attempting to mar his reputation, and also cost him his job at the radio station KYGO where he worked. Swift's side has claimed that Mueller is only suing her for the money and fame it's affording him while Mueller's attorney argues that Swift is ruining his career with her "false" claims. But asked by his own lawyer whether he had grabbed Swift's backside, Mueller said flatly, "No, I did not".
"We'll never know what's on it, will we?" He says he noticed that Swift's demeanor changed, but that she still said "thank you" as Mueller and Melcher left the room.
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She also rejected Mueller's contention that he may have touched her somewhere less inappropriate. "I did not want her to have to live through the endless memes and GIFs that tabloid media and Internet trolls would come up with", the singer's mother said on the stand.
Swift said she tried to get as far away from Mueller as she could and that a security guard working for her named Greg Dent witnessed the groping. "As a parent it made me question why I taught her to be so polite in that moment".
"The sass that Taylor showed today, were she a black woman could have very well been perceived as aggressive and combative in a courtroom.This doesn't take away from Taylor standing up for herself, of course not". Taylor is counter-suing, claiming assault and battery for "offensive and harmful physical contact".
When lawyer Gabe McFarland asked Taylor how she felt about Mueller losing his job, she said: "I'm not going to allow you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault". According to People, Andrea Swifttestified that the singer was "really shaken, she was humiliated, she was horribly embarrassed".
Eddie Haskell, Mueller's supervisor at the radio station, said that before the night of the concert he had no desire to fire Mueller. He instigated the legal battle, suing the pop star for $3 million United States dollars in damages.
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