Taylor Swift testified against DJ David Mueller today. In 2013, the pop star accused Mueller of reaching under her skirt and groping her. As a result, Mueller lost his job at a Denver radio station. Two years later, he sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell for damages. He alleged that they pressured KYGO, the station where he was employed, to terminate him based on a "false accusation." Swift replied by suing him for sexual assault. The case finally came to court this week in Denver.
Yesterday, Mueller testified that he did not grope Swift. He also argued that his career in radio had been destroyed by her false accusation. However, according to Swift's attorney, Doug Baldridge, Mueller is suing for fame and money.
CNN says Swift was "confident and assertive" as she testified in the case today. She told the jury that what Mueller did was "very intentional," and she said it was both "horrifying and shocking" to her and her mother.
“He grabbed my a-- underneath my skirt,” she told the court.
Swift rejected Mueller's claim that he simply brushed against her while "jostling" to get in position for the photo.
“It was a definite grab,” she added. “He stayed latched on to my bare a-- cheek as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”
She also denied that she should feel any guilt for his termination.
"I'm not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in anyway that this is my fault because it isn't," she said. "I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine," she added later.
Yesterday, Andrea Swift gave her testimony about the incident, which made her want to "vomit and cry" at the same time.
"'Mom, a guy just grabbed my (rear end) in the meet-and-greet,'" Andrea Swift recalls Taylor telling her.
Swift and her mother did not go to the police because they didn't want the incident to be public. She didn't want her daughter's life to be defined by this, says Andrea Swift.
The trial largely focuses on a photo from the meet-and-greet that was taken at the time of the groping. It shows Swift, Mueller, and his then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher. TMZ leaked the photo last year, and it shows Mueller with his hand behind Swift, hidden from view behind her lower back.
"Swift's attorney Baldridge argued that the photo is evidence of Mueller's misconduct, and noted that KYGO cited the photo in its decision to fire him," reports CNN.
Mueller's attorney argues that the photo proves that he didn't grope Swift. He says the fact that her skirt doesn't appear rumpled in the front means that it's a false accusation.
Even though Swift desperately did not want people to know about the groping at the time, she's using this case to stand up for sexual abuse victims. She said she wants every woman to know it's ok to say no. For that reason, she's only suing for a symbolic $1. If she is awarded more, she will donate it to a charity to help victims of abuse.
Read about the DJ's seven different stories about what happened that night.