Taylor Swift trial, Day 4: Security guard says he saw the grope

The fast-moving Taylor Swift groping trial resumed Friday with only a few more witnesses left to testify, including a security guard who says he saw Swift being groped in 2013.

Witness testimony continued for a fourth day in the federal civil trial in Denver over dueling lawsuits by Swift and David Mueller, the ex-Denver DJ she accuses of “lifting my skirt and grabbing my bare a–” at a pre-concert photo shoot.

First up on Friday was Swift’s former security guard, Greg Dent, who was present for the encounter and could see both the front and the back of Swift. He said he had no doubt about what happened. 

“When he went to put his arm around her, his hand went under her skirt,” Dent testified.  “I thought it was a violation of her body.”

But he didn’t call for backup, and he let Mueller leave the photo booth, he said, because “sometimes (Taylor) said I was too mean.”

The remaining witnesses are not likely to be more dramatic than Swift herself, who spent an hour on the stand Thursday strongly asserting that she was certain Mueller was the man who groped her. She also jousted with his attorney about whether it was her fault that he was fired by his radio station two days later.

On the stand, Swift, who has proclaimed her sexual-assault lawsuit against Mueller as standing up for abused women, said she was frozen with shock and humiliation during the encounter. Then 23, she was worried about making a scene and ruining the meet-and-greet for her fans who were waiting.      

Four years later, the singer, now 27, was firm, explicit (she repeated the word a– dozens of times) and more than ready to lock horns with Mueller’s lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, when she contemptuously denied having anything to do with getting Mueller fired, as claimed in his lawsuit against her.

“I’m not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault,” Swift said. “Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions — not mine.”

Whatever the effect on the six women and two men on the jury, media accounts of Swift’s testimony elicited tweet-cheering and metaphorical high-fives on Twitter. Lena Dunham praised her “fierce” testimony. Feminist Harry Potter star Emma Watson posted a long tweet describing Swift’s case as “so important” and railing against sexist and boorish behavior. 

“I’m proud of Taylor for taking a stand and doing this for all women that have been through a similar situation,” Watson concluded. “She deserves nothing but respect.”

Contributing: Allison Sylte, KUSA, The Associated Press 

 

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