The Taylor Swift sexual assault trial heats up
If you haven't' been following the Taylor Swift versus radio DJ David Mueller sexual assault trial, here's what you need to know: in 2013 during a fan meet-and-greet in Denver, Mueller (a radio host), while posing for a photo, allegedly touched Swift inappropriately by putting his hand up and under her skirt. Immediately after the shoot, Swift told her management, "Dude, that guy just grabbed my ass", who informed Mueller's employer and he was fired soon after.
That led to Mueller suing Swift for $3million in damages and a $1 counter sue by Swift for sexual assault, which she says she is simply to make a stand for all women who have been sexually assaulted in the workplace. "She's trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you," commented Swift's counsel. "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."
The trial has now begun and earlier this week, Mueller took the stand in Denver to testify, claiming that yes, he did make physical contact with the star, but his hand only touched "what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs". Mueller claims that this is a "humiliating thing to be accused of".
Now, Swift has testified that it was a "definite grab" and said, "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." She also said Mueller "stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek as I moved away from him, visibly uncomfortable." She told Mueller's attorney, "It was horrifying, shocking, and we had never experienced it before." And when asked about him being fired, she simply said, "I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is anyway my fault, because it isn't."
Since then, Swift has been backed up by Mueller's boss, Robert Call, vice president of radio station KYGO, who said Mueller changed his story and that he had no doubt that the allegations were true. This statement was echoed by Eddie Haskell, KYGO program director and Stephanie Simbeck, the photographer. "I saw it happen. I saw his hand grab her ass," she testified.
Watch this space.
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