Taylor Swift’s alleged sexual assault trial is underway.
According to documents obtained by CNN, Swift claims that back in 2013, she was inappropriately touched by disc jockey David Mueller during a meet-and-greet.
The “Out of the Woods” singer alleges that while she was backstage during one of her concerts, Mueller “put his hand under [her] dress and grabbed [her] bare ass.”
On Wednesday, Swift’s mother, Andrea, took the witness stand to testify against the man who allegedly assaulted her daughter.
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People reported that Andrea “became emotional” as she recounted the day she saw the picture from the photo op.
At first glance, Andrea knew that “something was wrong” with her daughter by just the look in her eyes:
“I knew there was something horribly wrong in that picture. I know those eyes better than anybody. She was pulling away. She has that smile frozen on her face, but there’s something going on in her eyes. I just looked at it and I was sickened.”
Swift was apparently “really shaken, she was humiliated, she was horribly embarrassed because he grabbed her bare ass,” her mother added.
Andrea had a difficult time processing the incident as well, testifying later that she was “upset to the point of feeling like [she] wanted to vomit and cry at the same time.”
When questioned why the family didn’t take the incident to the authorities, Andrea’s answer was simple: she didn’t want the assault to be a highlight of Swift’s then-budding career.
The entire Swift family wanted “justice” for Taylor but tried their best to keep the entire situation as private as possible:
“I did not want every interview from now on to have to make her include what happened to her. I did not want her to have to live through the endless memes and GIFs that tabloid media and internet trolls would come up with. We absolutely wanted to keep this private, but we did not want him to get away with it. He sexually assaulted her.”
Now, meet-and-greets are handled with extreme caution and care, Andrea added:
“It’s absolutely shattered our trust. Our meet-and-greets are much smaller. We have metal detectors. We do background checks. It scared us really badly.”
Swift is expected to take the stand at some point during the nine-day trial, People added.