Need another reason to love Taylor Swift, who’s pulled the admirable trick of remaining scandal-free while becoming one of the most unstoppable forces in American pop?
If so, consider her testimony this morning in a Denver courtroom.
The pop icon was in federal court following an incident before a 2013 show in Denver. Swift says that she was groped by former Denver DJ David Mueller during a preconcert meet-and-greet. While posing for a picture, she alleges that Mueller grabbed her ass.
One of her main reasons for being in court? She’s stated that a big motivator is to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts”.
During her time on the stand the singer stated, “It was a definite grab, a very long grab. I felt him grab onto my bare ass cheek.”
Swift was wearing a dress and—based on her testimony—possibly going commando.
She went on to to state: “He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him.”
Mueller, who was 51 at the time of the incident, was subsequently fired by the radio station when media outlets began reporting the story. He sued Swift and her handlers for damages up to $3 million on the grounds that the allegation cost him his job.
Swift, who was 23 at the time, responded with a lawsuit of her own claiming sexual assault.
Swift was quick when questioned by Mueller’s lawyer Gabriel McFarland. Asked why a photo taken during the incident doesn’t show the front of her skirt being lifted, the singer responded with “Because my ass is located in the back of my body.”
Mueller has acknowledged that the photo looks “weird” but argues he only touched her ribs with a closed fist.
Swift argued that wasn’t in the case in the courtroom, stating, “I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass” and “He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass.”
Giving the world one more reason to love her, Swift said she continued on with the meet-and-greet after the incident, as she didn’t want to disappoint other fans waiting in line.
A jury made up of six women and two men will decide the civil trial.