DJ in Taylor Swift Groping Case Says He May Have Touched Her Ribs


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Taylor Swift attends the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute To Industry Icons in 2015. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Taylor Swift appeared in a Denver courtroom on Tuesday, August 8, to face a former radio deejay she accused of groping her during a 2013 photo op at a pre-concert meet and greet in Denver, Colorado.

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Taylor Swift is pictured sitting with her lawyer Doug Baldridge during her civil action against DJ David Mueller on August 8, 2017. Jeff Kandyba/BACKGRID

David Mueller claimed he was fired from his job at radio station KYGO after being falsely accused by the 27-year-old pop star of groping her butt while posing for a photo. He did admit he may have accidentally touched her ribs. “I felt what seemed to be a rib cage or ribs,” he said during the first day of testimony. 

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DJ David Mueller as he takes the stand during civil action case on August 8, 2017. Jeff Kandyba/BACKGRID

Mueller sued Swift, her mother and her radio promotions director in 2015 for $3 million in damages. The singer countersued for a symbolic $1, alleging Mueller of “reaching under her dress and grabbing her bottom” during the incident. 

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Taylor Swift is pictured sitting with her lawyer Doug Baldridge during her civil action against DJ David Mueller on August 8, 2017. Jeff Kandyba/BACKGRID

Gabriel McFarland, Mueller’s lawyer, said the photo in question showed no evidence to support Swift’s claim. “If you look at that photo, his hand is not underneath her skirt,” McFarland said during testimony. “It’s not ruffled, rumbled, affected in any form or fashion.”

McFarland also suggested Swift may have mistaken Mueller for someone else who inappropriately touched her, but her lawyer insisted she was certain. “It’s a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable,” Mueller testified, claiming he’s been unable to find a job since his dismissal.

Mueller was also accused of destroying evidence, including recorded conversations between himself and his KYGO bosses. 

Swift is expected to testify later during the trial and said she will donate any damages to charities protecting women from sexual assault, to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

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