A former personal assistant of Taylor Swift claims the Blank Space singer looked "visibly upset" moments after a DJ allegedly groped her bum. Extracts from a deposition given by Gabrielle Liddicoat reveal how the pop star reacted moments after the incident and how the DJ, David Mueller, admitted their encounter was "awkward".
Swift, 27, will appear at a Denver federal court to testify against Mueller when the trial begins on 7 August. Mueller, a former host at KYGO radio station, sued the Grammy-winning singer after their meeting on 2 June 2013, claiming that he was unfairly sacked due to her allegations he grabbed her bum during the meet and greet.
According to Colorado's 9News, Liddicoat, who worked as Swift's PA at the time, detailed her version of the incident in a deposition. When asked to describe the singer's demeanour after taking the photo with Mueller, Liddicoat stated: "She was uncomfortable... Visibly upset, yes," but not crying.
A member of Swift's security team who was present at the meet and greet, also gave his account. Gregory Dent said in the deposition: "Before the photo was taken is when I saw him go to put his arm around her and him lift up her skirt. She reacted, pushed her skirt down, and jumped to the side and went closer to the girl that was with him."
According to Dent, he had never seen Swift react to a person in this way during the time he served as her security detail for three of her tours.
Mueller's then-girlfriend, Shannon Mulcher, posed in the photo alongside the DJ and Swift. Recalling the events in her own deposition, Mulcher revealed: "What Mr Mueller said to me was that it was a very awkward photo. Those are the words he used after we were walking out. He had told me that he had tried to lean in, which, of course, I just said I could see him trying to get in the photo, and that it just seemed awkward."
Mueller reportedly made no mention to Mulcher that he touched Swift's bum whether accidentally or other. When Mulcher later confronted her former partner about whether he touched the musician inappropriately, he replied: "His response was, How could you ask me that?"
Melcher added: "I don't have eyes in the back of my head. I don't know for sure, but I would say that he, from the time we spent together, he is not the type of man who would intentionally do something like that."
Extracts from Swift's videotaped deposition emerged in 2016. The Bad Blood singer says: "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 ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life."
Swift is counter suing Mueller for assault and battery. In October 2016, a judge ruled that the photo in question be sealed from public records but it is still available online.