Everybody wants a piece of the rich and famous, sometimes figuratively and other times literally. During a backstage incident in 2013, this adage came into play when Taylor Swift’s entourage reportedly confronted and ejected a Denver disc jockey who allegedly groped the singer’s posterior in the midst of a photo op. Now the DJ is suing Swift, claiming that the megastar and her crew were ultimately responsible for his wrongful termination from the radio station where he worked at the time. The Denver Post reports that a civil suit was filed against Taylor Swift in U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado, on September 10.
David Mueller, who worked for country music station KYGO, met Swift before her June 2, 2013 show at the Pepsi Center and, according a report by USA Today, had a brief photo session with the star. Later in the evening, though, Mueller was approached by Taylor Swift’s security staff, who accused him of groping Swift during their photo session. The radio personality was removed from the venue later that night and was fired from his radio gig two days later.
Business Standard quotes documents from the lawsuit, which seem to acknowledge that Mueller was not originally supposed to be a part of the aforementioned photo session with Swift. As Swift posed with Mueller’s girlfriend, the DJ apparently jumped into the photo “at the last second.” The suit also details a subsequent encounter Mueller had with a co-worker in which he “described and demonstrated how he had put his arms around her, hands on her bottom.”
Although the documents prepared by Mueller’s own counsel basically acknowledge that he approached the singer without being invited to do so and that he had some kind of contact with her backside, Mueller – through subsequent text in his civil complaint – denies doing anything wrong in the incident.
“Mueller steadfastly maintains that no inappropriate contact of any kind occurred between him and Swift.”
An All Access item published at the time of David Mueller’s dismissal did not provide details regarding his abrupt termination. Mueller — who worked under the on-air moniker Jackson — was paired with another DJ named Ryno for a morning show. CBS Denver notes that Mueller claims he received an annual salary of $150,000 while working at KYGO, along with the potential for additional income through bonuses and endorsement deals.
Taylor Swift has not commented publicly on the pending lawsuit.
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