Taylor Swift, David Mueller Speak Out About Groping Lawsuit
Both Taylor Swift and Denver radio DJ David Mueller have responded to the jury’s decision in favor of Swift in their lawsuits against each other. After the verdict was announced on Monday night (Aug. 14), Swift issued a statement, while Mueller appeared on Good Morning America for an interview on Tuesday morning (Aug. 15).
“I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys … for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support through this four-year ordeal and two-year-long trial process,” Swift says in her statement. “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
On Monday, shortly after closing arguments were given, a jury determined that Swift was, indeed, groped by Mueller during a meet and greet in 2013, and found that Swift’s mother Andrea and her radio rep, Frank Bell, did not interfere with Mueller’s employment at Denver radio station KYGO-FM. The jury awarded Swift the symbolic $1 she asked for in her countersuit; they awarded Mueller nothing.
“I wasn’t invited to be in the photo … so I just moved into the shot the best I could,” Mueller tells GMA, explaining his position in a photo from the meet and greet that became a key piece of evidence. He adds, “What I’m saying is I didn’t do what they say I did. I didn’t do it. I never grabbed her, I never had my hand under her skirt, and I can pass a polygraph [test].”
Mueller says that, initially, he asked “for something in writing, which stated that there was a misunderstanding,” so he could use that to “possibly convince” another radio station to hire him. He also tells Good Morning America that he is considering appealing the jury’s decision.
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In September of 2015, Mueller filed his lawsuit against Swift for what he said were unfounded claims that he grabbed her bottom while taking a photo with her at a meet and greet. Mueller claimed he was unjustly fired from his job as a radio personality for KYGO and also lost prospective business opportunities because of the allegations. A month later, Swift filed her own countersuit, saying that 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.”
In late 2016, Swift and her legal team filed a motion requesting that the case against her be dismissed because Mueller’s firing was the result of an internal investigation by KYGO, not any direct action by Swift; however, the former DJ fought back against that motion, calling his firing from the radio station due to the allegation the result of a “sham” investigation. Also in late 2016, Swift filed a motion to restrict public access to some of the documents involved in her lawsuit, including the photo of the incident, as well as a description of the photograph, 12 pages of summary judgement and hundreds of supporting documents and photos; a judge ruled that the photo would remain sealed, but Swift’s deposition was released.
Shortly before the trial began on Aug. 8, a judge dismissed Mueller’s claims of slander and decided to allow the rest of the case to proceed; the judge also recently sanctioned Mueller for destroying pieces of key evidence in the lawsuit. On Friday (Aug. 11), the judge threw out Mueller’s lawsuit vs. Swift specifically, ruling that Mueller and his legal team failed to prove during the trial that Swift was personally responsible for KYGO firing Mueller in 2013, just days after the meet-and-greet incident.
Swift herself testified on Thursday (Aug. 10), recalling the meet-and-greet incident during which Mueller assaulted her, and recounting her feelings about and response afterwards. During the trial, her mother, former bodyguard and photographer were also among those called to the stand.
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