Speed Reads


7 unapologetically blunt lines from Taylor Swift's testimony

Taylor Swift appeared in a Denver court Thursday to testify in her civil case against David Mueller, a former radio DJ who Swift alleges groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet. Mueller sued the pop star in 2015, claiming her accusation was false and caused him to lose his job. Swift countersued, though just for a dollar and to "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."

Mueller has claimed he may have merely accidentally brushed against Swift's arm or torso while he and his girlfriend were posing for a photo with the singer. But on Thursday, Swift unflinchingly contradicted that claim before jurors in a remarkably candid testimony. Below, some of Swift's most defiant, forthright quotes. Becca Stanek

On what happened: "He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt."

On how she responded: Mueller "stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable."

On whether she could see the incident directly: No, because her "ass is in the back of [her] body."

On how she could have taken a break from greeting fans "if she was distressed": "And your client could have taken a normal photo with me."

On how she knows it was Mueller: "He had a handful of my ass. I know it was him."

On why she refuses to let Mueller get her down: "I am not going to allow your my client to make me feel like it is anyway my fault, because it isn't."

On Mueller's denial: "He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass."