For the first time on Thursday, US Pop singer Taylor Swift took to the witness stand, delivering firm and spirited testimony in a civil trial, describing as “horrifying and shocking” a June 2013 incident when a former radio DJ David Mueller allegedly groped her during a meet and greet.
The alleged assault is said to have occurred in 2013, during a Denver stopover on Taylor Swift’s Red tour. Mr Mueller, then a host on the top-rated radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet her before the show.
Ms Swift complained to KYGO and the station fired Mr Mueller two days later.
Mr Mueller then sued the singer, saying that Ms Swift’s allegation cost him his job. She countersued one month later, describing the groping incident as “completely intentional”.
The trial is being held in a federal court in Denver because Swift and Mueller live in different states and the damages exceed $75,000. It is expected to last about two weeks.