Former disc jockey David Mueller has acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind Taylor Swift is “weird and awkward”.

But he insists he was touching Swift in her ribs, not her rear, as she alleges in the groping case.

During testimony on Wednesday at the civil trial, Swift’s attorney Douglas Baldridge repeatedly asked Mueller why his right hand was behind Swift in a pre-concert photo op.

Mueller says his hand was touching Swift’s skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed.

He said his hand was at rib-cage level and “apparently it went down”.

Baldridge showed the jury several photographs of fans meeting with Swift before the 2013 concert in Denver, pointing out another man who had his arm around Taylor’s shoulder.

Mueller claims in his lawsuit that he is being falsely accused by Swift and he was fired by his employer, country music station KYGO, over her allegation. He is seeking up to $3m in damages.

Swift countersued, claiming Mueller sexually assaulted her.