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Ex-DJ in Taylor Swift trial admits 'awkward' positioning in photo



Taylor Swift shot daggers at a former deejay accused of groping her as he spent a second day on the stand struggling to shake off questions from her pit bull lawyer.


David Mueller, 55, squirmed in his seat Wednesday as Swift’s attorney Douglas Baldridge pointed out a photo of the 2013 encounter and demanded he explain his hand positioning.


The picture taken before her show at the Pepsi Center in Denver shows Swift leaning away from Mueller whose right hand appears to be hovering near her rear end.


“Awkward is the best way to describe the photo,” Mueller said.

Ex-DJ in Taylor Swift trial says he may have touched her ribs

Singer Taylor Swift insisted that Mueller grabbed her derrière during the pre-concert photo opp.

Singer Taylor Swift insisted that Mueller grabbed her derrière during the pre-concert photo opp.

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Mueller testified on Tuesday that he may have brushed against her “rib cage or ribs” with a closed fist, but he adamantly denied touching her tuchus.


“If anyone touched her rear she has the right to not like that,” he said.


Staring at the photo, Mueller conceded, “I do not know where my hand went.”


Dueling lawsuits brought the case to trial in a Denver federal court.

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Mueller, who was kicked out of the concert after Swift accused him of groping and canned by station KYGO two days later, fired the first legal salvo.


He claimed in his $3 million suit that the false accusation cost him his job at a local country music radio station.


Swift retaliated with a suit of her own, insisting that Mueller grabbed her derrière during the pre-concert photo opp.


The pop sensation was 23 at the time. He was 51.

An explainer of Taylor Swift’s legal battle against Denver DJ

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A sketch of Taylor Swift (l.) and her attorneys in Denver Federal Court with plaintiff David Mueller (2nd r.) on August 8, 2017.

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Swift’s lawyer referenced a deposition from her former bodyguard who insisted that he saw the ex-radio man left up her skirt and grab her bottom.


“She reacted, pushed her skirt down and jumped to the side,” Baldridge said.


The lawyer also noted that Swift’s photographer said she heard the A-list star say “that guy” was the butt grabber and gesture toward Mueller.

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