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Swift's former bodyguard: She was 'too fan-friendly' for me

Swift's former bodyguard: She was 'too fan-friendly' for me”

She dismissed attempts to dissuade her from her story and rejected the suggestion that she had continued greeting guests for as long as 30 minutes after the alleged assault, as if nothing had happened.

Yet Mueller argues that he's the real victim here: He filed a lawsuit against Swift in 2015, denying that he had groped her, arguing that the allegation cost him his job, and asking for $3 million in damages.

Swift is now fighting former radio DJ David Mueller in court, alleging that he groped her during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013.

Swift is countersuing Mueller, claiming sexual assault.

"Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault - it was Mueller - and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit", the countersuit stated, according to People.

Swift told the court that a bodyguard, Greg Dent, who is on the witness list, saw Mueller "lift my skirt" and grab her. "As a parent it made me question why I taught her to be so polite".

The country and western DJ is suing Swift for at least $3m (£2.3m) in order to clear his name and recover lost earnings.

Her photographer replied: "I know exactly which one you're talking about", Swift said. "And your client could have taken a normal photo with me".

Swift's assistants testified in depositions that as soon as the photo session ended, the singer told everyone in the room about the incident.

Courtroom sketch of Taylor Swift with her mother and lawyer in federal court Tuesday
Courtroom sketch of Taylor Swift with her mother and lawyer in federal court Tuesday

"It happened to me".

"[Mueller] had a handful of my ass", Swift said. "I don't know him". "I don't need you to grill me about the tiny details of this photograph". The former security guard said he watched for Swift's reaction, but she gave no "cues" in the immediate aftermath to suggest that Dent should do something, like his job.

The subtext of this whole line of questioning is problematic on a couple fronts. "I did not want her to have to live through the endless memes and GIFs that tabloid media and Internet trolls would come up with", the singer's mother said on the stand.

And Swift wasn't here for that BS.

"I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my a*s", Swift said.

Mr Dent explained he did not act because "he didn't sense danger after he touched her", and Ms Swift did not signal that he should intervene.

"Women are often disadvantaged in these situations to begin with".

While some members of the public have happily bowed at her brogued feet, others have simply refused to buy into the star's "wholesome" image. Women of colour, however, particularly black women, don't have that luxury.

Twitter commentaries took note of her strong presence, as well as the text of her suit against David Mueller, where she hopes that it will set an example for women who might have second thoughts about revealing any past moment of humiliation when inquired of them.

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