Taylor Swift Takes the Stand in Groping Trial: ‘It Was a Definite Grab … a Very Long Grab’

Taylor Swift took the witness stand Thursday morning and recounted the moment she alleges she was groped by radio host David Mueller.

“It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” the singer, 27, testified in Denver, Colorado during the third day of the trial, according to the Associated Press.

Swift took the stand following emotional testimony from her mother, Andrea, on Wednesday.

Andrea — who is a familiar face at Swift’s sold-out concerts — said in court she first learned of Mueller’s alleged groping after her daughter’s concert on June 2, 2013. “Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass,” Andrea recalls Swift telling her in the dressing room after her show.

After Andrea saw the photo that was taken of Mueller, his girlfriend and Swift at the meet-and-greet, “I knew there was something horribly wrong in that picture,” she testified. “I know those eyes better than anybody. She was pulling away. She has that smile frozen on her face, but there’s something going on in her eyes. I just looked at it and I was sickened.”

Swift, 27, was “really shaken, she was humiliated, she was horribly embarrassed because he grabbed her bare ass,” Andrea testified.

Andrea also claimed Swift’s team approaches meet-and-greets differently now. “It’s absolutely shattered our trust. Our meet-and-greets are much smaller. We have metal detectors. We do background checks. It scared us really badly.”

Mueller himself took the stand both Tuesday and Wednesday, with his attorney Gabe McFarland arguing that his client did not grope Swift.

“Mueller absolutely unequivocally denies he put his hand under her skirt and grabbed her bottom or touched her inappropriately,” McFarland said. He told the court Swift cost Mueller his “dream job” at KYGO. “Mueller has been hurt and wants his good name back and he wants to be fairly compensated for income he lost and ability to earn income in the future,” said McFarland.

“My hand came into contact with a part of her body … what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs,” Mueller said during his testimony on Tuesday. He said that he did not mistake Swift’s ribs for her behind, adding that it’s a “humiliating thing to be accused of something that despicable.”

Mueller first sued Swift in 2015, claiming he lost his job after the singer’s security team accused him of groping her butt during a meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center in June of 2013.

Mueller denied the allegations and also accused his colleague of sexually assaulting the singer, but a rep for Swift told PEOPLE at the time that “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and “made their independent decision.”

One month later, the “Out of the Woods” singer countersued Mueller, saying in court papers he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”

Swift — who has been largely out of the spotlight in 2017 — is expected to take the stand at some point throughout the nine-day trial.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/music/taylor-swift-take-stand-groping-trial-definite-grab/

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