Ms Swift claims David Mueller, a DJ for radio station KYGO-FM, grabbed her buttocks from under her skirt while the two were posing for a picture in 2013. A member of the singer’s security detail later confronted Mr Mueller about the incident, and Ms Swift filed a complaint with the radio station.
Testifying on Wednesday, Ms Swift refused to criticise her bodyguards for not responding sooner. Instead, she told Mr Mueller’s lawyer: “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my a**.”
The incident, she added, “was horrifying, shocking, and we had never experienced it before”. (The massively popular American singer said she thought she’d experienced “every awkward encounter” before this.)
The legal back-and-forth was initiated by Mr Mueller, 55, who claims he lost his job after Ms Swift reported him to the radio station. KYGO Vice President Robert Call confirmed on Wednesday that he had fired the DJ “for touching Taylor’s rear end”.
Mr Mueller sued the singer for ruining his radio career, claiming she had fabricated her claims and that he made no inappropriate contact with the her at the event.
Ms Swift counter-sued for assault and battery, requesting symbolic damages of $1.
Mr Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel MacFarland, said the signer’s allegation of misconduct “was careless, it was reckless and it was part of in many ways what has destroyed Mr. Mueller’s life”.
Ms Swift, meanwhile, described the incident as an “intentional” and “very long” grab for her buttocks. She claims her photographer witnessed the incident and took a picture of it. Her legal team has submitted the photo for evidence.
The singer says she continued the meet-and-greet after the alleged assault because she did not want to disappoint her fans. When Mr McFarland suggested she could have taken a break, Ms Swift responded that Mr Mueller “could have taken a normal photo with me”.
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