Taylor Swift took the stand today as part of her ongoing trial with radio DJ David Mueller. In 2013, Swift accused Mueller of sexual assault at a meet-and-greet by groping her. Swift’s accusation caused Mueller to be fired and now he is suing her. Swift responded with a countersue. Her countersue of $1 million will go towards ” “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard” should she win.
While on stand Swift said this,
“It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional. Mueller’s hand stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”
She went into detail explaining how he lifted her skirt to grope her:
“It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before. He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.”
When Mueller was on stand he made his case saying,
“I’m looking at the photographer and I tried to get my right hand, you know, behind Taylor, because [Mueller’s girlfriend] Shannon [Melcher] was on the other side… My other hand was, I think, was just on my belt or on my pocket. I’ve got my hand closed and my palm down and I reach behind, toward Taylor… Our hands touched and our arms crossed. That’s all I remember.”
Now, Lena Dunham is praising her Taylor Swift who’s been her friend forever.
Proud of @taylorswift13 for her fierce & cutting testimony & her refusal to settle for being treated like property. Her example is powerful.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 11, 2017
Swift said in the testimony that Mueller
“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’s attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said that the star is asking for a $1 verdict because she’s “not trying to bankrupt this man.”
“She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman — rich, poor, famous, or not — is entitled to not have that happen.”