Taylor Swift is set to testify Monday against the DJ who she alleges groped her in 2013.
Denver DJ David Mueller snapped a photo with Taylor Swift prior to one of her concerts at the Denver Pepsi Center in June, 2013. Mueller was attending the pop singer’s meet-and-greet and Swift alleges that as they posed together for a photo he lifted her skirt and groped her, grabbing her butt.
Swift did not file charges against Mueller at that time, but did provide a report of the alleged assault to Mueller’s employer at the time, KYGO. Based on that report, made by Swift and her security detail, Mueller was terminated by KYGO.
Then, Mueller sued.
He has alleged that he was wrongfully terminated because of Swift’s report and filed a lawsuit against the singer in 2015. He has accused a former coworker, who was also reportedly present at the 2013 meet-and-greet of committing the assault instead of him. Other reports indicate that he has stated he merely brushed up against Swift during their encounter.
Swift stated in a 2016 deposition that he fully grabbed her buttocks and that she felt violated after the incident occurred.
“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 a– cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there,” she stated in that deposition, also adding that she as more sure than she’d ever been in her life that it was an intentional move.
There are reportedly photos of the incident–the photo that they were posing for–but they were ordered sealed by a judge until the litigation was completed. Mueller claims that the photos help his case because he believes they show his hand not up her skirt.
A judge has dismissed the slander case Mueller initiated against Swift and her team, but, the remainder of the trial is still set to continue.
In addition to Swift herself, her mother, a photographer and other people present for the incident are scheduled to testify at Monday’s hearing.
Swift has stated that any money she wins at the end of the legal battle will be donated in full to charities supporting victims of sexual assault.