Pop star Taylor Swift was in court on Thursday to give her testimony in what she termed a “horrifying and shocking” incident, when in June 2013 a former radio DJ intentionally groped her.
The trial stems from Swift’s allegation that Mueller, a former radio DJ for KYGO, inappropriately touched her at a backstage meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center in June 2013. KYGO is a CNN affiliate.
“What Mr. Mueller did was very intentional,” Swift said as she answered questions from David Mueller’s attorney.
“I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass,” Swift said.
Swift’s team told KYGO officials about the incident, and the station fired Mueller two days later after its own investigation.
In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, denying the accusation and alleging that they pressured KYGO to terminate him based on a false accusation.
In response, Swift filed a countersuit in which she accused Mueller of reaching under her dress and grabbing her bottom as they posed for a photo.
Mueller testified that he did not grope Swift and said that his career in radio had been ruined by what he said was a false accusation. However, Swift’s attorney Doug Baldridge argued that the incident did happen and that Mueller was suing for fame and money.
“This is what happened, it happened to me, I know it was him,” Swift said.
She said she had no reaction to learning that Mueller 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.
Jurors have already heard testimony from Mueller, Swift’s mother, Andrea, and Bell. Austin Swift, the pop star’s younger brother, arrived to court via the main entrance on Thursday, marking his first appearance at the trial.