Taylor Swift on stand: ‘Your client grabbed my ass’

Taylor Swift (pictured in a promotional photo) would not be intimidated about a man who allegedly groped her while testifying in court. (Courtesy Big Machine)

Taylor Swift (pictured in a promotional photo) would not be intimidated about a man who allegedly groped her while testifying in court. (Courtesy Big Machine)

Taylor Swift didn’t mince words as she testified about a “very long” and “intentional” grope in court on Thursday.

The 27-year-old pop star appeared before a U.S. District Court jury in Denver, in the case which pits her accusation that radio DJ David Mueller grabbed her butt at a pre-concert fan reception in 2013 against his claim she falsely accused him and got him fired.

Responding to Mueller’s attorney Gabriel McFarland, she said, “Your client grabbed my ass,” at one point calling it a “devious and sneaky act. It was a definite grab. He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek.”

On Tuesday, Mueller, 55, stated in court that he may have innocently made contact with Swift. But the former disc jockey for Denver radio station KYGO-FM denied touching her bottom.

During an hour on the witness stand on Thursday, Swift said Mueller and his girlfriend Shannon Melcher, who stood on the other side of her for the photo opportunity, seemed like they had a few drinks.

The photo, shown in court, shows the “Shake It Off” singer in a skirt and top, flanked by the smiling fans, with Mueller’s right hand concealed behind her rear.
Swift said she mentioned the grope to the photographer, Stephanie Simbeck, soon after it happened, and that Simbeck knew what she was talking about.

Asked why her bodyguard didn’t try to stop Mueller, Swift said, “It was horrifying, shocking, and we had never experienced it before.”

TIGER TALKS

Beleaguered Tiger Woods has news about his romantic life.

Tweeting in response to photos published by the U.K. Daily Mail of him and the very blonde Kristin Smith (who looks a lot like his ex-wife Elin Nordegren and his other love, Lindsey Vonn) on a boat, he said the pair broke up last year.

The photos, taken on a boat in the Bahamas, prompted reports that the couple was frolicking on July 31, the day of Wood’s DUI hearing. (The golfer was found unconscious over the wheel of his Mercedes Benz at 2 a.m. May 29).

Smith, a personal stylist, previously was married to former Dallas Cowboys player Gerald Sensabaugh.

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