Taylor Swift The 'Sexual Assault' Photo I Wanted to Keep Secret

11/12/2016 1:00 AM PST

Taylor Swift's 'Sexual Assault' Photo She Wanted Kept Secret

EXCLUSIVE

This is the photo Taylor Swift felt was too hot for the public to handle ... the one she claimed would encourage "scandalous" and "prurient" behavior ... the one that's at the center of her sexual assault lawsuit against a former DJ.

Taylor has alleged in a deposition DJ David Mueller "reached up under my skirt and grabbed my ass right when I was having to pose for a photo." She says the picture is the smoking gun.

Swift asked a judge to keep the photo under wraps on grounds it would prejudice the potential jury. It's hard to see how this pic unduly prejudices anyone.

Mueller denies grabbing Taylor's ass and has sued her over it.