A former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift at a Denver concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched her ribs — but definitely not her buns.
David Mueller, 55, told jurors in the civil trial that he might have touched Swift’s “rib cage or ribs” with a closed hand after jumping into a photo with the superstar singer and his girlfriend at the Pepsi Center in June 2013.
But he was adamant that his hands never drifted toward Swift’s nether regions.
“It’s a humiliating experience to be accused of something that despicable,” Mueller testified.
The case went to court after Mueller first filed suit against Swift, claiming her bogus allegation cost him his $150,000-a-year gig at a country music radio station.
He’s seeking at least $3 million.
Swift counter-sued, claiming that the former deejay sexually assaulted her during the pre-concert photo-op.
Swift, who is seeking a symbolic $1 dollar, has said she opted to engage in the legal fight to serve as an example to sex abuse victims.
She was 23 at the time. He was 51.
In his opening statement, Swift’s lawyer Douglas Baldridge said Mueller’s story changed seven times after the incident.
Swift, on the contrary, has never wavered, he added.
“That’s the one and only story we have to tell you — that Mr. Mueller grabbed her rear end,” Baldridge said.
A revealing photograph put on the courtroom monitor Tuesday showed Muller and his former girlfriend standing on either side of the singer, with Mueller’s right hand directly behind Swift’s backside.
Mueller is seen sporting a wide grin.
Swift’s lawyer declared it proof of Mueller’s wandering hand. His lawyer said it shows no such thing.
“We have a situation where it’s ‘he said, she said,’” Mueller’s lawyer Gabriel McFarland told the jury in his opening statement.
Swift’s lawyer said his client didn’t mince words when the incident took place.
“That dude just grabbed my a–,” Swift blurted out, according to Baldridge.
On the stand, Mueller suggested Swift may have confused him with his boss who apparently admitted to grabbing her backside.
But he later squirmed under relentless questioning by Swift’s lawyer who painted Mueller as motivated by fame and greed.
At one point, Mueller admitted that he felt slighted by Swift, whom he described as “cold and standoffish.”
“I thought I deserved more respect,” Mueller said.
Earlier, legions of fans stood outside the courthouse — some arriving before dawn — as two men and six women were selected to sit on the jury.
Dani Kuta, Lucy Peterson and Grace Jarecke — all high school students — woke up at 3 a.m. to be the first people in line.
“We only got two hours of sleep,” giggled Peterson, 17, who aspires to a career in journalism.
By 4:15 a.m., the trio were standing outside the U.S. District Court building in the dark, a block away from the Greyhound station in downtown Denver, an area known for crime and vagrancy.
“Our parents were OK with it, and that was a surprise,” Jarecke said. “We didn’t get hassled by anyone.”
Swift is expected to take the stand later in the trial.