The Taylor Swift sexual-assault trial has officially begun. The man accused of inappropriately touching her, David Mueller testified on the second day of the trial, in his own defense.
The whole ordeal started during a meet-and-greet event at Denver’s Pepsi Center in 2013. Mueller, who worked as a radio-show DJ at the time the event took place, allegedly put his hand up Swift’s skirt and touched her butt. The singer allegedly told someone in her entourage, “Dude, that guy just grabbed my ass.” After Swift’s people told someone what he had supposedly done, he was fired. Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift in 2015 for $3 million in damages for the loss of his job and the repercussions he faced from sex offender accusations. Swift came back with her own counter suit for sexual assault, and that brings us to this week, when the trial began in the very city the incident occurred.
During his testimony, Mueller said that he did physically touch Swift, but that his hand only touched “what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs,” according to a report by People magazine. He also said that it is “humiliating thing to be accused of something that despicable.”
Swift is expected to take the stand in the near future. When asked about Mueller’s testimony, her team told People “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and decided independently to terminate his employment.
Swift’s countersuit was for $1 million and she said any funds she might receive would be donated to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”