DJ in Lawsuit With Taylor Swift Claims Assault Allegation ‘Defies Credibility’
Former radio DJ David Mueller has released a statement in response to Taylor Swift's claim that he sexually assaulted her during a meet and greet in 2013. Mueller and his legal team say that his firing from radio station KYGO due to the allegation was the result of a "sham" investigation.
Billboard reports that Swift and her legal team recently 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 is fighting back against that motion.
"The contention that Mr. Mueller lifted up Ms. Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bare ass (while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms. Swift’s photographer and other staff, as well as Ms. Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during an employer-sponsored, VIP, backstage meet and greet) defies credibility," says Mueller's legal team in response to the request for dismissal, The statement also adds, "KYGO’s so-called investigation was a sham."
In September of 2015, Mueller filed a lawsuit against the country-turned-pop star for what he says are unfounded claims that he grabbed her bottom while taking a photo with her at a meet-and-greet. Mueller says he was unjustly fired from his job as a radio personality for Denver station KYGO and also lost prospective business opportunities because of the claims. A month later, Swift filed her own countersuit, saying he "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 recently filed a motion to restrict public access to some of the documents involved in her lawsuit, including a 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 has since ruled that the photo will remain sealed, but Swift's deposition has been released.
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