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Taylor Swift’s mother gives emotional testimony at groping trial

A courtroom sketch of Taylor Swift's mother Andrea Swift testifying. (Twitter)

Andrea Swift, the mother of pop megastar Taylor Swift, took the witness stand Wednesday and provided a courtroom in Denver with emotional testimony in the civil trial in which a former radio DJ is accused of groping the singer. The DJ, David “Jackson” Mueller, was fired in 2015 after Swift reported to his employer that he reached underneath her skirt and grabbed her buttocks during a photo op before a concert two years earlier. At the time, Taylor Swift and her mother did not report the incident to police, and Andrea Swift explained to the court why her daughter didn’t do so and why she didn’t either. The pop star’s mother was worried that if she did go to authorities, the incident would come to define the pop star.

“I did not want to make her relive this moment over and over again,” Andrea Swift said on the stand, breaking down into tears, according to The Associated Press. “We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn’t want him to get away with it,” she said.

Andrea Swift, 59, described her daughter as being “humiliated” and “really shaken” after the photo op. She, too, was rattled by the incident, saying it left her wanting “to vomit and cry at the same time,” USA Today reported. At one point, Andrea Swift pointed at Mueller across the courtroom and said, “He sexually assaulted my daughter, right there, that guy. I heard it from my daughter’s mouth. I know that it happened,” according to Reuters.

Mueller, despite the admittance into evidence of a photo obtained by TMZ that appears to show his hand on the the singer’s backside, has maintained that he did not touch Taylor Swift inappropriately. He has admitted he may have made incidental contact with the singer, but denies that he sexually groped her. Mueller initiated the lawsuit, suing Taylor Swift for $3 million after he was fired by the country station where he was a DJ. She has countersued him for sexual assault and, according to TMZ, is seeking $1 from him.


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