Taylor Swift to testify in DJ groping case

By Wade Sheridan   |   Aug. 7, 2017 at 7:53 AM
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Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift is set to appear in court to testify in a civil case that former Colorado DJ David Mueller groped her during a backstage photo-op in 2013.

The lawsuit filed by Mueller, known on-air in Denver as "Jackson," states that Swift and co-defendants including her mother Andrea Swift, have falsely accused him of lifting the pop star's skirt during the photo-op and grabbing her bottom which lead to his firing from KYGO radio.

Swift in response says she informed her mother and members of her team of what happened and did not complain to Mueller's employer, CNN reports. Swift says radio promotions director Frank Bell spoke with KYGO about the incident with the station conducting its own investigation which lead to his firing.

"KYGO fired Mueller for violating the morality clause of his contract after it independently determined that he had lied about the incident, changed his story, and inappropriately touched Ms. Swift. Mueller never sued KYGO for breach of his employment contract," reads the singers response.

Mueller says he was fired after Bell told KYGO general manager Bob Call that Swift and her parents were "looking for specific action" to be taken by the station.

The trial begins Monday in Denver.

The meeting between Swift and Mueller took place during Swift's concert at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013. Mueller attended the show with his then girlfriend Shannon Melcher who also worked at KYGO. The pair met Swift during a backstage meet and greet.

"In the course of his meet and greet with Ms. Swift, Mueller intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission," Swift's countersuit filed in Oct. 2015 reads. "Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph; he lifted her skirt and groped her."

Mueller has maintained that he never inappropriately touched Swift and in the original lawsuit claims that following the photo, a co-worker, Eddie Haskell, "excitedly told him about his experience meeting Ms.Swift earlier that night," including how he "described and demonstrated how he had put his arms around her, hands on her bottom."

Swift denied those claims as well stating in the countersuit, "Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault -- it was Mueller -- and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit. Resolution of this counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."

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