Taylor Swift’s former bodyguard gave added muscle Friday to the superstar’s claims she was groped by a radio disc jockey four years ago.
Taking the witness stand a day after Swift’s powerful testimony at her civil trial in Colorado, Gregory Dent told jurors he personally witnessed DJ David Mueller reach under the singer’s dress during a June 2013 meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
“I saw him take his hand and put it up her skirt,” Dent testified under oath on the fifth day of the trial at the federal courthouse in Denver.
“I know I saw it,” the hulking security guard said. “When (Mueller) went to put his arm around her, he put his hand under her skirt.”
Dent said he didn’t know how long the grab lasted, but he recalled Swift’s physical revulsion.
“She jumped away, moved closer to the woman, and proceeded with the meet-and-greet,” Dent testified.
He cited Swift’s clear decision to keep the meet-and-greet going as the reason he didn’t immediately intervene.
“I take my cues from her in certain situations, so no, I didn’t jump into the front of the picture,” he said.
“I didn’t do anything because she sometimes said I was a little too mean,” Dent added. “I was standing five feet away so I got a pretty good view.”
He was adamant Mueller crossed a line.
“I thought it was a violation of her body,” he said during his hour-long grilling by Mueller’s lawyer Gabriel McFarland.
Asked during cross examination if he had any doubt Mueller was Swift’s assailant, Dent didn’t miss a beat.
“None whatsoever … I am positive that’s the man,” he said, looking at Mueller sitting 15 feet away.
Dent also deflated Mueller’s assertion he wasn’t drinking alcohol that evening.
“I was definitely sure he had been drinking,” Dent testified.
After the incident, when it was finally safe to leave Swift’s side, Dent went to find Mueller, he said.
“I had a hunch he’d be at the bar so I went to the bar area and him and his girlfriend were coming out of the bar,” Dent said.
On Thursday, Swift gave unflinching and unvarnished testimony about the alleged assault.
“He stayed latched onto my bare a– cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift said.
She was unflappable as McFarland tried to poke holes in her version of events.
“You can ask me a million questions about it, and I’m never going to say something different,” she testified. “I never have said anything different.”
Swift, 27, said she initially assumed Mueller, 55, mistakenly placed his hand on her rear end but she quickly determined it was intentional.
“It was a definite grab,” she said. “A very long grab.”
Swift’s testimony marked the Grammy winner’s first public examination in the highly publicized case.
“He did not touch my ribs. He did not touch my arm. He did not touch my hand,” Swift told those gathered in the federal courtroom. “He grabbed my bare a–.”
She said there was no doubt in her mind Mueller was to blame.
“I could have picked him out of a line of a thousand,” she said.
The photo she took with Mueller eventually surfaced, showing the former DJ reaching behind her. It does not definitively show direct contact.
When McFarland asked Swift why the front of her skirt wasn’t ruffled in the picture, the singer fired back.
“Because my a– is located on the back of my body,” she said sharply.
Swift said the incident was traumatic.
“A light switched off in my personality,” she said of her reaction.
“I was looking at the floor. I just wanted him to leave,” she said, recalling that she simply thanked Mueller and his girlfriend Shannon Mercher in a monotone voice.
Swift said she continued to take photos with others at the event because she didn’t want to ruin their experience.
Asked how she felt when she learned Mueller lost his job at the Denver station KYGO in the wake of her allegations, Swift said it was “a product of his decisions, not mine.”
“I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel like this is my fault,” she told McFarland.
Mueller testified Tuesday that he never touched Swift inappropriately, though he may have had contact with her rib cage.
“It’s a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable,” he told the court.
He’s the one who initiated the court battle when he sued Swift in 2015 with claims she unfairly cost him his job and reputation. He is seeking up to $3 million in damages.
Swift countersued, alleging sexual assault, and is seeking just $1.
Mueller’s former station supervisor Hershel Coomer testified after Swift Thursday and denied Mueller’s claim that maybe Coomer was the one who groped the singer.
Coomer, known by his radio name Eddie Haskell, said he never told Mueller he fondled Swift’s backside.
He said Mueller fabricated the supposed confession and was fired in June 2013 due to a morality clause in his contract.
He said the photograph of Mueller at the meet-and-greet fueled the firing decision, along with an immediate report by Swift’s radio liaison Frank Bell that implicated Mueller.
“(Bell) said that one of my morning guys attending the meet-and-greet had grabbed Taylor on the rear inappropriately and he had been removed from the concert,” Coomer testified.
Coomer said it didn’t help when Mueller allegedly changed his story.
“It went from, ‘No possible way,’ to, ‘If I did it, it was accidental,'” he recalled. “That’s not good.”