Taylor Swift took to the stand this morning on her trial against former DJ David Mueller. Yesterday, her mother Andrea Swift gave her testimony which I talked about earlier.
According to CNN, Taylor described the alleged groping incident with Mueller in June 2013 as ‘horrifying and shocking’.
“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.
“I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass,” Swift said.
“This is what happened, it happened to me, I know it was him,” said Swift, who was 23 at the time of the incident.
She said she had no reaction to learning that Mueller, then 51, had been fired over the incident.
“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.
“I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine,” Swift added later.
At one point, McFarland brought up a photo from the meet-and-greet that shows Swift, Mueller, and Mueller’s then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher. Each side of the trial has attempted to use the photo to bolster their argument, but Swift rejected McFarland’s claim that the photo showed nothing inappropriate.
“Gabe, this is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt — with his hand on my ass,” she said. “You can ask me a million questions — I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different.”
In addition, Swift repeatedly peppered her responses with dry comeback lines.
Looking at the photo, McFarland asked Swift why the front of her skirt did not appear to be lifted.
“Because my ass is located in the back of my body,” Swift said.
McFarland also noted that Swift was closer to Melcher than Mueller in the photo.
“Yes, she did not have her hand on my ass,” Swift replied.
Her lawsuit makes the case that her active participation in the trial will “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”