"Stunned"

Taylor Swift describes feeling ‘frantic’ and ‘violated’ in deposition over alleged groping incident

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

In the recently released transcript of a deposition Taylor Swift gave in July, the pop star describes her emotional distress and surprise when Denver radio DJ David Mueller allegedly groped her in June 2013. The deposition is part of a prolonged legal battle with the DJ, whom Swift claims groped her buttocks while he and his girlfriend were taking a photograph with her during a meet-and-greet following a concert. After the incident, Mueller was fired from his job and banned from Swift’s concerts for life, so he decided to file a lawsuit, claiming that it was his co-worker who had groped Swift, not him. Swift claims she was sure that it was Mueller who had committed the assault, however, and countersued to obtain a jury trial, promising to donate any potential proceeds from her trial to charities helping victims of sexual assault. A judge ruled on Friday that while some of the evidence in the trial (which is still ongoing) should remain sealed, other portions would be made available to the public.

Billboard obtained the transcript of Swift’s video deposition in July, in which she described the incident.  “Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there,” Swift said on the video. “It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.” The pop star then went on to describe the emotional distress the encounter has caused her. “I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before,” she said. “A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you’re supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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