For the first time on Thursday, US Pop singer Taylor Swift took to the witness stand, delivering firm and spirited testimony in a civil trial, describing as “horrifying and shocking” a June 2013 incident when a former radio DJ David Mueller allegedly groped her during a meet and greet.
“What Mr. Mueller did was very intentional,” Swift said as she answered questions from Gabriel McFarland, an attorney for David Mueller, the former radio host.
“It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” added the 27-year-old, who is suing Mr Mueller, 55, over the alleged incident, which he denies.
“He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt,” she said.
The singer, who was responding to questions from Mr Mueller’s lawyer, added: “He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him. [His hand] didn’t let go.
“It was a very shocking thing. I had never dealt with something like this before.”
The alleged assault is said to have occurred in 2013, during a Denver stopover on Taylor Swift’s Red tour. Mr Mueller, then a host on the top-rated radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet her before the show.
Ms Swift complained to KYGO and the station fired Mr Mueller two days later.
Mr Mueller then sued the singer, saying that Ms Swift’s allegation cost him his job. She countersued one month later, describing the groping incident as “completely intentional”.
The trial is being held in a federal court in Denver because Swift and Mueller live in different states and the damages exceed $75,000. It is expected to last about two weeks.