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Taylor Swift and three other terrible celebrity court sketches

'I think it's safe to say the courtroom sketch artist is a Katy Perry fan,' said one disappointed Twitter user

Taylor Swift

Fans of Taylor Swift have responded with derision to a series of dodgy courtroom sketches of the pop star.

The Grammy-award winning singer was in court last week to testify against former radio DJ David Mueller, whom she accuses of groping her at an event in 2013.

Tweets about the questionable drawings of Swift "have provided levity for some in an otherwise serious case of alleged sexual assault," CNN reports.

One disappointed fan tweeted: "This courtroom sketch of Taylor Swift is terrible and I'm crying."

"I think it's safe to say the courtroom sketch artist is a Katy Perry fan," said another, referencing the singer's feud with Perry.

The real artist, Jeff Kandyba, has defended his work, arguing that drawing Swift in court is not like photographing her at an event, the Boston Globe reports.

"She's not like that in the courtroom. She's not doing a lot of smiling," he told the newspaper.

The pop star isn't the only celebrity to fall foul of the sketch artist's pen.

A rendering of Tom Brady was so bad that the artist Jane Rosenberg later issued an apology to the NFL star after the sketch went viral.  

Bizarre court sketches of Lindsey Lohan and Jude Law were also greeted with glee on Twitter:

But courts artists argue that there's a lot more to the job than just sketching a likeness, the BBC reports. 

They capture "a combination of moments rather than one moment," says Christine Cornell, a court artist who sketched the Bill Cosby trial.

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