Friday, 18 August, 2017

"He grabbed my bare ass", Taylor Swift testifies about groping incident

Taylor Swift Testifies In Court During Groping Trial 'He grabbed my bare a** cheek'
Freda Brock | 11 August, 2017, 04:09

When asked why the front of her skirt wasn't lifted in the photo.

Taylor Swift's mother says she and her daughter's managers chose to tell the bosses of a radio DJ that he had assaulted the singer, hoping he would be fired but not asking them to do so.

Swift said a security guard working for her witnessed the groping.

Swift testified that after she was grabbed she "got as far away from him as I possibly could". Questioned as to whether she tried "to get away", in the words of Mueller's attorney, she stated with poise and clarity that "I'm not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn't". She said: 'It was a definite grab ... a very long grab.

Mueller claims that Swift's mother and possibly members of her management team told his employer, KYGO, a CNN affiliate, about the incident.

In all, Swift testified for about an hour. Swift countersued, claiming Mueller assaulted her and is asking for a symbolic $1.

Robert Call, general manager of the radio station Mueller worked at, confirmed the DJ was sacked for the incident.

In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift speaks from the witness stand during a trial Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Denver.

Mueller was sacked by his employer, country music station KYGO, and he's seeking up to $3 million in damages.

Mueller said his hand was in a closed fist and touched what seemed to be her ribs, and he denied any groping or inappropriate contact on her rear end.

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Two of David Mueller's former bosses at KYGO - Bob Call and Eddie Haskell - offered some insight into what happened in the days after the incident during testimonies on Thursday afternoon. "I know that it happened". In response to Mueller's attorney's question of whether she was critical of her bodyguard for not preventing the alleged assault, she replied, "I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass".

Taylor Swift says a former radio DJ grabbed her behind underneath her skirt, not above it, during a 2013 pre-concert meet-and-greet photo session in Denver.

"The elder Swift said she "wanted to vomit" when her daughter told her: "'Mum, a guy just grabbed my a.at the meet-and-greet'".

However, Gabriel McFarland, Mueller's attorney, said the photo did not show the inappropriate under-skirt touching that Swift has alleged.

The mother tearfully acknowledged that her daughter expressed bewilderment at having "thanked" Mueller and his girlfriend after posing with them, despite believing that she had just been groped.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift testified on Thursday she was subjected to a "very long" and "intentional" grope by a Colorado disc jockey who appeared to be drunk during a photo session four years ago.

Coomer said Mueller was sacked for violating a contract clause that permitted termination in cases of real or perceived behavior that reflected badly on the station.

When pressed about why she didn't report the incident right after it happened, Swift told the court she didn't want to ruin the experience of the couple dozen fans who were still waiting in line.

Mueller, 55, initiated the litigation, claiming Swift fabricated the groping story and pressured KYGO to fire him.

Swift, who has 85 million followers on Twitter and 102 million followers on Instagram, earned $US170 million in the year to June 2016 following a world tour and her best-selling "1989" album, according to Forbes. She described her daughter as humiliated.

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